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ScotRail workers confirm they WILL go on strike at COP26, with garbage collectors also threatening to run away

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Glasgow will grind to a halt during Cop26 as ScotRail workers have confirmed they will strike amid a dispute over wages and conditions, with binmen also threatening to walk out at the climate summit.

It is feared that the city will be paralyzed by the transport chaos and could turn into a “massive garbage dump” when it welcomes leaders from around the world in the first two weeks of November.

RMT union members said workers will go on strike from November 1-12 after Scotrail “wasn’t serious” in the negotiations.

Glasgow will be paralyzed by transport chaos with strikes by railway workers and garbage collectors threatening to run away as Nicola Sturgeon welcomes world leaders

Thousands of delegates from around the world, including world leaders such as US President Joe Biden, will be in Scotland for the historic event.

In an announcement on Friday, Mr Lynch said: “There was a golden opportunity for Scotrail to make serious progress in talks today but instead they offered nothing of any significance and as a result our action at Cop26 is going ahead as planned.” .’

“There is still time to avoid the chaos of a transport stop during Cop26 when the protagonists come back with serious proposals.”

He said the union remains open to talks about pay increases with ScotRail, but “the ball is firmly in their court”.

Earlier, Mr Lynch said he had written to the Prime Minister “asking for urgent intervention to find a fair solution” to the dispute, accusing railway bosses of “pushing their heels over further talks”. with only weeks to the top.

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers plan a week-long strike from November 1 at the start of the international meeting

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers plan a week-long strike from November 1 at the start of the international meeting

In his letter to Nicola Sturgeon he said: ‘It is entirely within the powers of the Scottish Government to resolve these disputes before Cop26 starts – it must stop antagonizing these key figures and give them the justice, respect and reward they deserve.’

It comes after Scottish railways have been on strike for months, with most services canceled on Sundays.

Earlier this week, the TSSA union, which represents managers on the Scottish train company’s conductor and revenue teams, said it would no longer take part in industrial action after accepting an improved wage offer.

Meanwhile, some 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a week-long strike at the start of the international meeting from November 1.

A garbage strike in Glasow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a 'giant garbage dump' during the Cop26 summit on climate change as staff plans a week-long strike from November 1.

A garbage strike in Glasow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a ‘giant garbage dump’ during the Cop26 summit on climate change as staff plans a week-long strike from November 1.

The GMB union has given the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) until Monday to submit an improved wage offer.

A local government insider said: “We could be in a situation where the city turns into a giant garbage dump, just as it is shown to the world.”

GMB bosses have rejected a £850 a year pay increase for staff earning up to £25,000 and are asking for a £2,000 raise.

Senior organizer Drew Duffy said: ‘If strike action is to be avoided, a significantly improved offer must be made to give our key employees the right value.’

Glasgow City Council has asked the union to reconsider its actions. A spokesman said: ‘These are national, rather than local, wage negotiations and it is difficult to understand why this step was taken while those negotiations are still ongoing.

‘Cop26 will undoubtedly be a busy and difficult time for the city and its inhabitants. We urge them to reconsider the timing of this.”

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland, the Scottish government’s transport agency, said it was “disappointing” that the RMT had not put the recent wage offer to its members to a vote.

She said: ‘We recognize that the RMT has finally contacted ScotRail to decline this offer almost two weeks after it was made.

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected the £850-a-year pay increase and demanded a £2,000 raise.  Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected the £850-a-year pay increase and demanded a £2,000 raise. Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

“This is a disappointing response from the RMT leadership, especially as we understand that Aslef and TSSA have accepted the wage offer and Unite is recommending it to its members, who are currently voting them.

“It is therefore disappointing that the RMT leadership has not democratically presented this very good wage offer to its members.”

The spokeswoman continued: ‘In the interest of collective bargaining, we understand that ScotRail would need to re-engage all four unions to determine the next steps.

“The RMT leadership has made it clear that its problem lies with working on rest days and that should be the focus for any further discussions.”

She added: ‘We would like to see this issue resolved before Cop26 so that everyone who works on Scottish Railways can play their part in welcoming the world to our country and supporting our efforts to build a greener, to demonstrate cleaner railway.’

Meanwhile, a ScotRail spokesperson said: ‘It is extremely disappointing that the RMT has rejected a very good wage offer, negotiated for several weeks and chose to go ahead with this very damaging strike action, especially when the other three unions have accepted the offer. or have recommended their members to do so.

“We are seeing customers gradually return to Scottish Railways, but the scale of the financial situation ScotRail is facing is dire.

“To build a more sustainable and greener railway for the future and reduce the burden on taxpayers, we need to change. All of us in the railways: management, staff, unions, suppliers and government, must work together to modernize the railway so that it is ready for the future.’

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