Glasgow bin workers in wildcat strike

170 bin workers in Glasgow took part in wildcat strike action last Friday 23rd May.

Submitted by Ed on May 28, 2008

The action disrupted both refuse and recycling collections throughout the city affecting 15,000 households. Workers at the Queenslie and Eastern depots took the un-official action, claiming the council had failed to meet overtime payments of up to £4000.

One worker said: "We were promised everyone would get their money today, but that hasn't happened and we are all raging. Labourers were due to get between £1500 and £2000, and drivers between £2500 and £4000."

The action, which hit household refuse collections over a large part of Glasgow, meant that large amounts of refuse would not be collected until yesterday though the council claimed they'd use staff at Bell Street and Polmadie depots, who did not take part in the strike action, to cover the struck areas.

However, a victorious strike by bin staff in Brighton earlier the is year, would suggest that this will be a tall order as a two-day strike by 200 staff paralysed refuse collection in the city.