They REFUSE to climb down! Bin collection strikes WILL go ahead in Glasgow during COP26 due to ‘bad faith’ between SNP-led council and unions, GMB boss says
Bin collection and street cleaner strikes will go ahead in Glasgow tomorrow as the city hosts world leaders for the COP26 summit.
The GMB union told the Glasgow City Council chief executive, Annemarie O’Donnell, that members of the city’s cleansing service will strike for a week from a minute past midnight on Monday.
It comes as more than 100 world leaders descend upon the Scottish city as the first day of the two-day world leaders’ summit takes place at the Cop26 UN climate conference.
A bin strike in Glasgow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a ‘giant rubbish dump’ during the Cop26 climate change summit as staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1
The planned strike action was previously called off on Friday after a new pay offer from council umbrella body Cosla.
Then, the GMB said it would suspend the strike for two weeks to consult with members.
On Sunday, GMB Scotland secretary, Louise Gilmour, accused Glasgow City Council of having ‘failed to give our members the proper time and space to consider the 11th hour offer from Cosla’.
She said there is ‘too much bad faith among members’ towards the council.
She added: ‘Therefore, our members in cleansing have informed us that they will still proceed with the planned strike action from 00.01 hours Monday November 1.
‘We are calling for an urgent meeting with the council as soon as possible and we will work until one-minute to midnight tonight to try and fix this.
It comes as more than 100 world leaders descend upon the Scottish city for COP26
‘We have also made the Scottish Government aware of the situation and are liaising with the First Minister’s Office but, without any further dialogue, the cleansing service in Glasgow City Council will take strike action from Monday and throughout the first full week of the COP26 summit.’
The GMB was calling for a £2,000 pay rise and previously turned down an offer of an £850 a year increase for staff earning up to £25,000.
The Cosla proposal tabled on Friday is for a one-year, 5.89 per cent increase for the lowest paid council staff, as part of a £1,062 rise for all staff earning below £25,000.
The Scottish Government gave £30 million to support the offer.