Strike pay sessions

Your branch reps will be at the waste depots over the next few days to complete and collect in strike pay forms for all workers that were on strike 18 to 29 August.

Electronic payslips will go out on Thursday 22 September, with paper pay slips following.

What you need to do

Come to any session—doesn’t matter whether it’s your shift or depot, whatever is easiest for you.

You need to have your

  • bank details
  • Council staff number—will be on your payslip
  • Unite membership number—if you don’t have this leave blank and the office will fill it in
  • National Insurance number
  • printed out payslips from August and September.
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New pay offer: strikes suspended, ballot open til 28 September

COSLA tables new offer following First Minister talks

Photo by Craig Maclean

Following a long series of negotiations, including talks with the First Minister, a new pay offer has been put to the unions. Unite, Unison and GMB have all decided to take the deal to their members to vote on.

While the consultative ballot is carried out, planned strike action is suspended.

Unite have recommended members accept this offer, on the basis that it is the best available through the current negotiations, as the Scottish Government has tabled it as a ‘best and final’ offer.

We recommend members consider this carefully, understand how it applies to them and think abut what action beyond this offer might look like and vote accordingly.

The offer

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Second wave of strike action in Edinburgh starts 6 September—suspended

Photo by Craig Maclean Photography

This action is suspended—see the latest on the pay dispute

Members in Waste and Cleansing will walk out again from Tuesday 6 to Tuesday 13 September as the dispute over local government pay in Scotland continues.

Schools workers in Edinburgh are not on strike.

Striking members should read the strike FAQ and add any questions at the bottom.

Pickets remain as before. See picket locations.

Donate to the strike fund to support these workers.

Latest offer

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Edinburgh waste and cleansing strikes start on Thursday

Edinburgh lead the way in industrial action over local government pay

On Thursday 18th, Unite members in Waste and Cleansing in Edinburgh will take industrial action over the insulting pay offer for local government workers.

On Friday, COSLA increased the offer from 2% to 3.5%. All three unions of the Scottish Joint Council—Unite, Unison and GMB—immediately rejected this insulting offer.

The NHS have been offered—and look set to reject—5%, so once again local government is treated as the poor relation of the public sector. Local government workers in England have been offered a rise of £1,925.

We are the first council to take action, with others following on the 24th—details below.

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Edinburgh Festivals

The Edinburgh Festivals can be difficult to navigate so here are some festival events that have been recommended to us as worthwhile. If you would like to recommend a show, comment on a show or write a review please do so using the “leave a reply” field at the foot of the page.

Beg For Me

Underbelly, Bristo Square, Venue 302: 3rd to 29th August, 1pm. Tickets from £7

Against the backdrop of the storming of the US Capitol this show explores themes of misogyny, Alt-Right and digital extremism.

Further details and booking on: Fringe website

Saber Came to Tea

Zoo Southside, Venue 82 (Southside Community Centre): 6th to 7th August, 10.30am. Tickets £10 (concs) or £12, family tickets available

Tells the story of a young Yemeni woman’s defiance of family and social norms in choosing a partner to wed. Play is in Arabic with English Subtitling.

Further details and booking on: Fringe website

From the Heart of the Incident

Zoo Southside, Venue 82 (Southside Community Centre):8th to 9th August, 10.30am. Tickets £10 (concs) or £12, family tickets available

True story of an Edinburgh Ophthalmologist caught up in an MI5 sting in Belfast and subsequently detained without trial for 16 months. The subject of this play remains awaiting trial.

Further details and booking on: Fringe website

Unite Members in Waste to take action during festival

Unite the Union gave notice today (4th August 2022) that members in Waste (Refuse Collection, Street Cleansing and Recycling Centres) will down tools as of 5am on 18th August and return to work from 4.59am on 30th August.

This action has been forced upon our branch members by the lack of any additional pay offer following the insulting 2% offer made in early spring and cost of living rises reducing the value of their pay.

Waste Workers in Edinburgh have no wish to cause disruption to citizens, tourists and businesses but have been left with no option following the radio silence from CoSLA and the only thing coming out of the scottish government being the old rhetoric of blaming Westminster. Our Waste Workers (Heroes of the Pandemic every one) know full well the scottish government has the capability to support our cash strapped councils to deliver a decent pay rise to council workers.

Further action will occur across Scotland as Unite members in other councils and other unions follow the lead of our Edinburgh Unite Waste Workers. and school workers look to commence their actions.