Uk News Waste will 'pile up' during Edinburgh festival as council staff stage 12-day strike over pay United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Waste will “pile up” in Edinburgh’s streets during the festival this month as refuse workers go on strike for almost two weeks in a dispute over pay, unions have said.Unite and the GMB said waste, recycling and street cleaning staff would stage a mass walkout during what they described as the “first wave” of industrial action.The strike in the capital is due to begin on Thursday 18 August and end on Tuesday 30 August, the day after the end of the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals.A second wave of industrial action is also being co-ordinated in Scotland’s other largest cities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, with school and nursery walkouts following next month.Unite, the GMB and Unison are locked in a dispute with council umbrella body Cosla over a pay rise, with the current offer of 2 per cent being described as “derisory”.Council leaders are due to discuss whether they can make an improved pay offer at a meeting on Friday, after holding talks with the Scottish Government this week.The strike action in Edinburgh is intended to maximise disruption during the festival, with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the city and infrastructure under pressure.More from Scotland'Lockdown effect' pushes alcohol-related deaths in Scotland to highest level for 14 years04 August, 2022Date and time Scotland exam grades are released, and grade boundaries explained04 August, 2022Police officer numbers in Scotland fall to lowest level for 14 years02 August, 2022GMB Scotland organiser Kirsten Muat said: “Waste will pile during the Edinburgh festival, unless a significantly improved pay offer for local government staff is tabled.“When visitors from across the world ask why this is happening, the response will be straightforward: our members are not prepared for local services to be delivered on the backs of the working poor.
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.”Unite general secretary Sharon Graham added: “We believe the public of Edinburgh and across Scotland will support our members in taking this stand, because no worker should be forced to accept a ‘take it or leave it’ real terms pay cut.”City of Edinburgh Council leader Cammy Day said the authority would be doing “all we can to minimise any impact on essential services”.He added: “I’m extremely disappointed that negotiations between Scottish Government, Cosla and the unions have failed to avert this action and would urge all parties to come together to prevent disruption during one of the most important and enjoyable periods in Edinburgh’s calendar. “While, of course, I hope agreement is reached swiftly, our crews deserve to be paid fairly for the work they do, and I once again call on the Scottish Government to properly fund our capital city and its services.”The Scottish Government insisted that it had no “formal role” in the pay negotiations but was working with Cosla to “explore all options available”.“Local government workers play a crucial role in our communities and are integral to our recovery from the pandemic. I would urge all parties to continue a dialogue and reach a resolution which avoids industrial action,” said Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
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