Unite Union have notified the Council of their intention to carry out official industrial action 'short of a strike'. This means an early end to the action anticipated by the Council Leader last week was premature.
The agreement between the Council negotiators and the Union officials last week came as the two week ballot period came to a close. In other words, the vote of just over two thirds in favour of a complete strike and 93% in favour of action short of a full strike was effectively before the negotiations had struck a more hopeful note.
Meanwhile there are reports of vandalism on council vehicles and against contractors brought in.
Here is an earlier post with more details of what the unofficial industrial action has been about to date.
And the good news is that in Sciennes at least, garden waste was picked up today for the first time in over 2 months.
Now is the time to tender refuse services to outside companies. The Council has repeatedly refused to do this in recent years despite the costs of refuse collection in Edinburgh being above the Scottish average and most large authorities south of the border. Working procedures urgently need to be modernised and the Council has to date paid out over £25m in equal pay compensation claims. Modernising work processes and the need to address the equal pay legislation immediately are the two drivers for prompt and decisive action.
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