Talks continue in bid to end bin strikes

Talks to try to end the council strike in Scotland are entering a fourth day.

Bin strikes now affect two thirds of Scotland’s local authorities and rubbish is building up in many town and city centres.

Talks between the unions and the council’s umbrella body, Cosla, are taking place virtually from 14:00.

Sources close to the negotiations suggest a deal might be reached today but it was more likely talks would continue tomorrow.

Unions are seeking an agreement similar to the one made to council workers in England, which included a £1,925 flat rate pay offer.

They say that offering a percentage pay rise would mean the most money would go to the best paid staff.

Cosla held a meeting with council leaders on Saturday to discuss a potential proposition.

Unite regional officer Wendy Dunsmore told BBC Scotland they are anticipating an offer in the “very near future”.

It came after Public Health Scotland warned of a human health risk from overflowing waste, and advised councils to…

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