Quite incredible development in the now month-long bins dispute this evening --- have a read at this story on the BBC web-site; and can I draw particular attention to the Council Leader's final sentence:
"It is essential that they understand that we have plans to avoid the substantial reductions in pay that are being reported in the media."
The work-to-rule by some Council Staff started on Thursday 25th June and yet today (Wednesday 29th July) the Council Leader states that it's essential the Unions understand what's being offered to them - quite unbelievable!
Frankly, it is a plain admission of failed leadership - just what has the Council Administration being doing for the last month if they now accept that the Unions may not fully understand what's on offer?
I've now been saying it for weeks - the Council Leader needs to get a grip of this situation and ensure what should have happened over a month ago - that all the Unions, and Council employees, fully understand what's on offer. It's not rocket-science.
I do hope she now ensures that happens and the dispute is settled.
But when it is, and it will be eventually, it will be clear that Edinburgh residents have suffered over a month of completely unnecessary disruption.