Binmen in Glasgow vote to strike during COP26 amid pay rise row

BINMEN in Glasgow have voted to take industrial action during COP26 amid a pay rise row with COSLA.

The cleansing workers have vowed to strike during the climate summit unless pay conditions are improved by the national employer. 

In a recent ballot carried out by the GMB, a majority of 96.9% of members voted in favour of remarkable in response to COSLA’s latest pay offer.

The union rejected the association’s £850 pay rise proposal for those earning up to £25,000 a year after 95% of staff balloted against the bid last month. 

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A statement from GMB reads: “In Glasgow, we have reached the legal threshold in our Industrial Action Ballot.

“96.9% voted in favour of Industrial Action in response to the latest pay offer from @COSLA.

“Unless there is an improved offer on Monday we will be taking action in Glasgow during COP26.”

Chris Mitchell, who is the union’s branch convener, additional: “We were called Covid idols and basic workers.

“This is when low-paid workers take a stand against COSLA and say enough is enough because these heores deserve a pay rise.”

More than 100 world leaders and around 25,000 delegates are expected to arrive in the city on November 1.

The Glasgow Times has approached COSLA for comment. 



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