Glasgow Bin Collectors Plan Week-Long Strike

A bin strike threatens to turn Glasgow into an enormous rubbish dump during the COP26 climate change summit.

About 1,500 refuse and cleaning staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1, at the start of the international gathering.

The GMB union has given the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) until Monday to table an improved pay proposal.

Rail workers have also voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action during COP26 amid a pay row with ScotRail.

Concerns are mounting that the city will be paralysed by transport turmoil and blighted by uncollected waste at a time when it will be at the focus of global awareness.

One local authority insider said that they could be in a position where the city is turned into an enormous rubbish dump, just as it’s on show to the world.

GMB bosses have refused an £850 a year pay raise for workers getting up to £25,000 and are asking for a £2,000 increase.

Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said that if strike action is to be circumvented, then a significantly improved offer must be brought forward to give their key workers proper value.

Glasgow City Council asked the union to review its actions, and a spokesperson said that these were national, rather than local pay negotiations and it was difficult to understand why this step had been taken while those negotiations remained ongoing.

And it was said that COP26 would undoubtedly be a busy and challenging time for the city and its inhabitants, and they urged them to think again about the timing of this.

Perhaps it will show the world what a huge problem waste and overconsumption is, with fast fashion being an enormous problem and landfilling a global one.

Scotland is a lovely place, but when it comes to waste, it’s a mess, and now the council will be attempting to hide the squalor ahead of the arrival of the world’s wealthy elites coming to preach about climate change, and they will literally be trying to paint over the filthy eyesores to try and make it more palatable to the fat cats. Meanwhile, one mile away Joe Average is wondering how he will pay his heating bill this winter.

But here we go again with the unions holding the country to ransom and trying to grab more money whilst the country is vulnerable and this is reminiscent of the 70s and 80s but then we had a leader with some bottle to fight them, now we have Boris Johnson who appears to be floundering about trying to look great and to please everyone, with his latest brainwave about going green.

And where is the first minister of Scotland? Keeping her head down, no doubt, or is this Westminster’s fault? But when the meeting is on she will no doubt want her share of the good news.

Bin men have had to tackle huge rats, and that’s not just SNP politicians, never mind the four-legged ones, and nothing appears to be working in Scotland, and it seems that every public service has been broken.

And where is Nicola Sturgeon when Scotland needs her? Oh, I forgot, she’s only interested in independence and not the problems of real life. And where is her pride in her city? When this would be a great opportunity to show off Glasgow to the world, but no, she just wants to waste it, no pun intended.

What a horrifying portrait of Scotland this paints. Here we are on the brink of a worldwide event and this nation is immersed in filth, rubbish and seemingly infested with rats. This didn’t appear overnight and the SNP must take the blame because Glasgow, was once a dear green place, and now it’s just a slum and Scotland deserves better.

Published by Angela Lloyd

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