Edinburgh in the United Kingdom is known as one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing cities in the world. The beautiful synchronised European architecture makes you feel like you are on a big dreamy movie set, waiting for great stories to unroll in front of you.
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But the city is currently filling up with trash almost everywhere, as the refuse workers are on an 11-day strike. Refuse workers, who collect garbage from homes, offices and public bins, began their strike on 18 August after the British and Irish trade union organisation Unite rejected the formal 3.5 per cent pay increase proposed by COSLA.
The workers on strike have justified their demand saying it is difficult to manage finance amid the rising cost of living and inflation. Several people have expressed support for the workers and want them to be remunerated fairly.
At present, tourists from different countries are in Edinburgh to celebrate Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival which celebrates art and culture. The streets overflowing with trash in the presence of hundreds of tourists are compelling the administration to reconsider the importance of refuse workers and their job.
Here’s what Edinburgh looks like, just three days into the refuse worker strike:
— Andrew Ducker (@andrewducker) August 19, 2022
A lot of cool bars, very busy – but let’s be honest.
Edinburgh city centre is disgusting, and this is only Bin Strike day three.
This was the view from our restaurant.
— Thunder Dragon (@DjThunderDragon) August 21, 2022
— Vanesa Fuertes (@vanesa_fuertes) August 21, 2022
Post your favourite bin pic in solidarity pic.twitter.com/ERg5yuKNCG
— Leyla Josephine (@LeylaJosephine1) August 21, 2022
Visiting Edinburgh to see some friends during the Fringe and my fears about the city’s litter problem have been realised. Bins overflowing. Streets reek. St Andrew’s Square a blizzard of rubbish. Refuse workers look set to continue strike action until the end of August. pic.twitter.com/YxNILsr1jM
— Bill Bowkett (@Bill_Bowkett) August 20, 2022
It’s only day 3 of the Edinburgh bin strike and the entire city is a total state. Time for the council to get back round the negotiating table and give the city’s cleansing staff a fair pay rise that reflects the rising cost of living. pic.twitter.com/O6T8cVrJVW
— Scott Cuthbertson (@ScotCuthbertson) August 21, 2022
— Caroline Castle (@Prospectally2) August 20, 2022
Day 1 (of 12) of the bin strike in #Edinburgh and already litter is everywhere, greyfriars and Forrest road with over spilling bins. A busy spot for the #fringefestival – this is what we’re showing visitors to the city #supportbincollectors #binstrike pic.twitter.com/KPByVAC6xI
— Emily (@emilyrjohnston) August 19, 2022
There is an 11 day bin man strike in Edinburgh and this is only day two. Most of the city is like this. pic.twitter.com/4oOJ3lOrSt
— Mildly infuriating pics (@ProvokedPics) August 22, 2022
Our Edinburgh streets after 2.5 days of the bin strike… 7 more days to go (during the world’s biggest arts festival), what will it look like then? It’s an environmental nightmare! Just pay the bin men a fair wage @Edinburgh_CC and get it sorted. #binstrike pic.twitter.com/O6G31gHeCq
— Abigail Kleboe (@AbiKleboewriter) August 20, 2022
Grassmarket Edinburgh, day 2 of the bin strike. Imagine how bad it’s going to be by the end of August? pic.twitter.com/odsHOC5Eyy
— TheSilentMajority 🏴🇬🇧 (@SilentMadgeScot) August 20, 2022
Only a few days into the Edinburgh bin strikes and don’t think I’ve ever seen Grassmarket looking like this 🤢 pic.twitter.com/BeJRi20KO1
— Sian Traynor (@sian_traynor) August 21, 2022