More than 250 council waste workers due to walk out

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Bin workers announce ‘first wave’ strike during the Edinburgh Festivals.

More than 250 council waste workers are due to walk out for 12 days as millions arrive in the capital during the festival season.

Hundreds of bin workers in Edinburgh have announced strike action during the festival season as union bosses demanded a “substantially improved” pay offer for frontline staff.

More than 250 waste workers represented by the GMB and Unite organisations will walk out for 12 days between August 18 and 30 over the “derisory” 2% local government wage increase tabled by Cosla.

It comes as millions prepare to descend on the city from this weekend for the kick off of the International Festival and Festival Fringe.

Unite warned the decision represented the “first wave” of action from local authority workers, who are preparing for an “all-out” strike.

Fellow union Unison has also urged Cosla to “avert substantial, long term strikes” when leaders of the local government watchdog meet to discuss the pay deal on Friday.

Written by: Jill McLaren

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