Strikes Called Off

Kids aren’t going to be happy. The proposed strikes which were going to close schools next week have been called off.

Industrial action by waste workers and school staff was planned for 3 days next week but Trade unions representing council workers across Scotland have now received a new pay offer, with Unions standing down the strike action.

It means an extra £2,000 for workers earning up to £20,500 – meaning a 10% rise for most. Those earning between £20,500 and £39,000 will receive £1,925. Higher earners will be given a 5% increase with a cap of £3,000 for those being paid more than £60,000.

Staff will also receive an extra day holiday and work a shorter week.

The First Minister said workers deserved a fair pay deal in “these really difficult times” but warned that the total cost of £600m would mean cuts elsewhere given that Scotland has to work within a fixed budget.

On the subject of Waste collection, South Lanarkshire Council have issued a statement:
” Please only present your bin on Monday if that is your normal collection day. We won’t lift any extra bags of waste placed next to bins.

Cambuslang, East Kilbride and Rutherglen areas: We will collect your green/black household waste bin on Monday, instead of your recycling bins.

Hamilton and Clydesdale areas: We will collect your green/black household waste bin on Monday, as normal.

Blue, burgundy, and grey bin collections: Please note no food/garden or recycling collections will take place anywhere in South Lanarkshire on Monday 5 September. An update on bin collections for the rest of the week will be given on Monday 5 September.”

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