Strike action called off in East Dunbartonshire

Talks between unions and the council due to continue this week

Talks are continuing this week in the East Dunbartonshire recycling and waste dispute after significant progress was made and planned industrial action last week was called off.

After industrial action was taken from 21 to 26 June, UNISON together with Unite and GMB suspended strike action planned for the end of last week. A work to rule remains in place across the council.

The dispute centres on East Dunbartonshire Council’s proposals to cut the terms and conditions of the workforce, including redundancy terms, a reduction of three days annual leave, the removal of enhanced overtime rates, and an extension of the working day.

After intensive negotiations last Wednesday (11 July), the strikes in waste were postponed by the unions. Talks are continuing this week on the terms of the council’s redundancy scheme.

John Gallacher, Scottish Organiser, UNISON, said: “The significant industrial action taken by union members in East Dunbartonshire and the co-ordinated approach between UNISON, Unite and GMB has made the council reverse its previous position on cuts to core conditions of service for all staff.

“Talks continue to seek to resolve the last piece of the jigsaw, the redundancy scheme, to enable us to call off all the industrial action and return all council services to normal working. This is significant progress.”