Glasgow Bin Workers’ Cop26 Strike Avoided After Last Minute Salary Offer | Unions
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A potentially embarrassing strike by garbage collectors and street cleaners at the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow was averted after a last-minute pay offer was made on Friday evening.
Thousands of council workers, including garbage collectors, school janitors and cleaners across the city were due to go on strike from November 1 amid a long-standing dispute over wages and salaries. conditions, raising the prospect of streets overflowing with rubbish as the eyes of the world turn to Glasgow.
Scottish local authority umbrella body Cosla has made a new pay offer to municipal unions, proposing a one-year increase of 5.89% for lowest-paid municipal staff, as part of a 1-year increase £ 062 for all staff earning less than £ 25,000.
In response, the GMB union suspended strikes that were due to start on Monday for a two-week consultation with members.
Drew Duffy, of the union, said: “While we’re happy that more money for key workers was found by the 11th hour, the fact that he’s on the cop’s side to get this offer says a lot about our members.
“For months, Cosla said they couldn’t pay, and ministers said they wouldn’t pay, while staff were attacked by political leaders for standing up for their services and their value.”
Despite assurances from the Scottish National Party leadership of Glasgow City Council that staff are working “around the clock” to prepare the city, the impact of the waste crisis on international visitors has raised serious concerns, with a reduction in garbage collection leading to an infestation of rats and an outbreak of spills.
Earlier on Friday, Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar met with cleaners near the conference site, where he was shown evidence of dumped rubbish and overflowing rubbish bins.
Sarwar challenged the Scottish government to meet its local obligations as well as the global obligations discussed at the conference. “If we can’t meet a simple obligation to pick up people’s garbage, so that they live in safe, secure and clean environments and not have rats running around in the streets, then I’m sorry – that ‘ is frankly letting them down and I’m ‘I don’t want to let that happen.
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