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Patience urged for rubbish uplift

Rubbish uplift
Refuse collectors are "working to rule" in Edinburgh

Council officials are urging people to be patient during industrial action by refuse collectors in Edinburgh.

Council refuse workers began "working to rule" last Friday in protest over proposals to cut their pay.

It is understood the move could see refuse collectors on a wage of about £230 a week lose about half of their £120 bonuses - about £3,000 a year.

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said the proposed cuts were part of modernisation measures.

Andrea McHugh, Edinburgh City Council's head of environment, said: "We would like to thank our residents and customers for the patience they have shown so far and ask for their continued understanding while we work to resolve the situation.

"Every effort is being made to ensure that all refuse still awaiting collection is picked up as soon as possible."

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