COP26: Glasgow bin strike back on as refuse workers set to walk out from midnight

The strike action will go ahead after the GMB union, which represents cleansing staff, accused the council of “bad faith”.

GMB confirmed it has told Glasgow City Council chief executive Annemarie O’Donnell that that industrial action will begin from one minute past midnight tonight.

GMB Scotland Secretary Louise Gilmour said the union is calling for an urgent meeting with the local authority.

The industrial action will take place amid the UN climate chance conference, which is being held at the SEC and began today.

The announcement follows previous talk of industrial action from GMB over an on running pay dispute.

Strike action would lead to rubbish piling up across the city as refuse workers walk out.

Ms Gilmour said: “The council has failed to give our members the proper time and space to consider the 11th hour offer from COSLA, and the fact the council moved to block strike action in the Court of Session using anti-trade union legislation, means there is too much bad faith among members towards the employer.

“Therefore, our members in cleansing have informed us that they will still proceed with the planned strike action from 00.01 hours Monday 1 November.

“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.”

She added: “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 tomorrow and throughout the first full week of the COP26 summit.”

We previously told how it was confirmed planned ScotRail strikes during the conference had been called off.

An agreement was reached on Wednesday night, just three days before tens of thousands of delegates arrived in Glasgow for the global summit.

It also means an end to Sunday strikes on Scotland’s rail lines which have been ongoing since March.


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