Glasgow set to be hit by bin workers’ strikes in August

Glasgow set to be hit by bin workers’ strikes in August

The action would see union members go on strike in sixteen council areas

The union is planning strikes over an ongoing wage dispute

Author: Molly TulettPublished 11 minutes ago

Glasgow could be among 16 councils in Scotland facing another summer of overflowing bins as Unite announced a planned strike for August over a pay dispute.

Cleaning and waste collection workers will take part in strikes in August in more than half of Scotland’s council areas.

Dates for the action have not yet been set, but the union will be joined by the GMB in 13 council areas in just over two weeks.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “After years of cuts to council pay and services, years of chronic underfunding and understaffing, our members are saying enough is enough.


“They have the unequivocal support of Unite in the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions across Scottish local government.”


Any action would likely affect events such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which was embroiled in a dispute between unions and local governments two years ago.

Union representatives rejected a formal pay offer from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) in May which would have seen a 2.2% increase from April 1 to September 30, and then a 2% increase for a 12-month period from October 1 2024 to September 30 2025.

The offer was rejected as an attempt to “postpone the issue.”

Unite’s industrial director Graham McNab added: “Thousands of workers in cleaning and waste services are now on the brink of going on strike in a matter of weeks. Our members are being left with no choice but to fight for fair pay.”

“Council workers deserve to be treated with respect but instead they have been given a disgraceful pay offer which has been rejected outright by Unite.

“This situation is entirely in the hands of COSLA and the Scottish Government, who can resolve this dispute at any time by making a significantly improved pay offer.”

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