Bin Strikes Set To Hit Dumfries & Galloway This Summer

Unite, Scotland’s largest union, has today (Tuesday 2 July) announced that it has a mandate for its members taking strike action in cleansing and waste services across half of Scottish councils,including Dumfries and Galloway in a dispute over pay.
Unite received the mandates for strike action involving thousands of its members in the following 16 councils: Aberdeen City Council; Angus Council; City of Edinburgh Council; Dumfries & Galloway Council; Dundee City Council; East Ayrshire Council; East Renfrewshire Council; Fife CouncilGlasgow City Council; Inverclyde Council; North Ayrshire CouncilNorth Lanarkshire Council; Renfrewshire Council; South Ayrshire Council; The Highland Council and West Lothian Council.
Unite will reveal in the coming days the details of strike action involving waste workers, street cleaners, and recycling centre operators across the 16 councils which could begin in just over two weeks’ time.
The union had previously warned major events could potentially be impacted by strike action including the Edinburgh international and fringe festivals similar to the local government pay dispute two years ago.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “After years of cuts to council pay and services, years of chronic underfunding and understaffing, our membership is saying no more. Enough. They have Unite’s unequivocal support in the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions across Scottish local government.”
In May, Unite confirmed that its local government representatives had rejected outright a formal pay offer from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA).
The offer comprises 2.2 per cent effective from 1 April to 30 September, and then two per cent for a 12 month period effective from 1 October 2024 to 30 September 2025. Unite rejected the offer, and the proposal to change the pay anniversary date from April to October on the basis that it is nothing but an attempt to “kick the can down the road.”
Graham McNab, Unite industrial officer added: Thousands of workers in cleansing and waste services are now on the brink of taking strike action in a matter of weeks. Our members are being left with no choice but to fight for fair pay.”
“Council workers deserve to be treated with respect but instead they received a pitiful pay offer which was rejected outright by Unite. This situation is entirely in the hands of COSLA and the Scottish government who can resolve this dispute at any moment by making a significantly improved pay offer.”