Residents of Glasgow were told not to leave their rubbish bins as strikes begin during COP26

Residents of Glasgow have been asked not to put out their bins as strikes start across the city.

The Council has issued a statement urging people not to leave their waste for collection from today (November 1) to November 8.

Street cleaning teams have begun labor struggles after GMB Union’s salary negotiations regarding an offer from COSLA broke down. It comes as executives and visitors from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, arrive today for the COP26 climate summit at the SEC.

Glasgow City Council said: “Due to hostilities, all cleaning services are currently interrupted. Do not show your household waste bins for collection on the usual day. We are now returning to our contingency plans.”

The council asked people to “minimize” the amount of waste they create, or to compress it as much as they can.

Residents have been told that if ordinary rubbish bins are filled and the rubbish cannot be stored in their homes, they must double or triple it before leaving it next to the “ordinary rubbish bins” they use.

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

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

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

The council said: “GMB has now decided to follow up on labor struggles in Glasgow – despite publicly announcing on Friday, October 29, to suspend the strike to consider COSLA’s improved national wage offer.”


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