Council tells Glaswegians not to put bins out during strike

Cleansing workers for Glasgow City Council are currently on strike.Cleansing workers for Glasgow City Council are currently on strike.
Cleansing workers for Glasgow City Council are currently on strike. | Shutterstock
Glasgow residents have been told not to put their bins out, as strikes kick off across the city.

Glasgow City Council has released a statement urging people not to leave their rubbish out for collection for collection until November 8.

Street cleansing teams have commenced industrial action after GMB Union talks on pay regarding an offer from COSLA collapsed. It comes as leaders and visitors from all over the world including US President Joe Biden arrive for climate summit COP26 at the SEC.

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Glasgow City Council said: “Due to industrial action all cleansing services are currently disrupted. Do not present your household refuse bins for collection on the usual day. We will now revert to our contingency plans. “

The council asked people to “minimise” the amount of waste they create or to compact it as much as they can.

Residents have been told if general waste bins become full and the rubbish can’t be stored inside their homes they should double or triple bag it before leaving it next to the “general bins” they use.

A council statement added: “The strike action is due to conclude on November 8 and, due to the number of collections that could be missed during this time, it is likely to take a number of weeks before services return fully to normal.”

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It confirmed that all household waste and recycling services are likely to be affected as well as are garden, food and commercial waste services.

GMB Scotland accused Glasgow City Council of acting in “bad faith” and failing “to give our members proper time and space to discuss the 11th hour offer from COSLA”.

The council said: “GMB has now decided to follow through with industrial action in Glasgow – despite publicly announcing on Friday 29 October to suspend the strike to consider the improved, national pay offer from COSLA.”

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