Unite calls for council honesty over refuse cuts crisis

Unite calls for council honesty over refuse cuts crisis

06 October 2016

Unite the union says changes to working practices in Edinburgh’s refuse service will not solve the problem of massive financial cuts.

Unite City of Edinburgh Council convener Peter Lawson said: “We have a clear message for council members – their phoney war about working practices will not solve the fundamental problem of a lack of investment in the city’s refuse services.  

“Our members have been struggling to keep the city clean in the face of massive cuts. Edinburgh’s environmental services budget has fallen by at least £17 million in real terms since 2009.  

“The council needs to be honest with people. Pretending that changing working practices is going to fix problems is not helping anyone.

“Councillors need to admit that the service is underfunded, and start having an open conversation with Edinburgh’s citizens and the Scottish Government about how to address that crisis.” 


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For more information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 /

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.