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Bin workers

Issue No. 1864

REFUSE WORKERS in Edinburgh held mass meetings on Monday of this week. They are planning to take unofficial action after Edinburgh council refused them bank holidays. They are also angry that they are still working on old contracts while their workload increases.

One refuse worker said, 'We're working with a contract that should have been renegotiated. 'We've seen new wheelie bins put in place and new working practices, and we've gone along with everything that's been asked of us. We're asking for our bank holidays back, and for some reason it's not happening.' Talks between the council and the TGWU union, which represents the 350 workers, have failed to resolve the dispute.

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Sat 16 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1864
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