- 20 private contract staff have begun working night shift to clear the backlog
- a private contractor will assume responsibility for the city centre during the festival
- 40 temporary refuse collectors are being recruited
- there will be further talks with the unions tomorrow
The dispute has gone on long enough. The background can be summarised in the Bin dispute: 5 key points post a few days ago.
Here are a further 5 important points:
- Equal pay legislation has given the Council no option but to restructure pay. The Council has already paid out over £25m in compensation claims. This hemorrhage of public money must be stopped.
- The current 'work to rule' is described as unofficial. The Unite union is currently balloting its members: one of the options is a full strike.
- Many current working practices (in refuse collection) are inefficient and indefensible.
- The cost of refuse collection in Edinburgh is more expensive than the average in Scotland and much more expensive than the average in England.
- Successive administrations have avoided testing other options - such as tendering for other to companies collect our rubbish. The long term solution must be driven by getting a more efficient collection service. There is plenty of scope!