COP26: Strikes and closures during Glasgow climate summit

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Image caption, Kelvingrove Museum and different attractions volition beryllium closed passim the conference

Thousands of delegates are acceptable to get successful Scotland astatine the extremity of this period for the COP26 clime league successful Glasgow.

But they look a metropolis wherever tourer attractions are closed, obstruction services are cancelled and cleaners and garbage collectors are retired connected strike.

About 120 satellite leaders are expected to be the important United Nations acme from 31 October to 12 November.

What volition the interaction beryllium connected the metropolis itself, during talks that could bring large alteration for lives crossed the world?

Leisure disruption

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Image caption, The acme volition beryllium hosted astatine the SEC field successful Glasgow

Glasgow's main tourer attractions volition beryllium closed to the nationalist for the duration of the summit, hosted astatine the city's SEC campus.

The Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and others venues volition beryllium affected arsenic immoderate unit are moved to enactment connected the city's COP26 team.

Glasgow Life, which runs civilization and leisure venues for the metropolis council, says it is indispensable to enactment the transportation of the conference.

  • Riverside Museum: 23 October to 15 November
  • Gallery of Modern Art: 31 October to 14 November
  • Kelvingrove Museum: 28 October to 14 November
  • Kelvin Hall: 28 October to 1 November
  • People's Palace: Ongoing closure for "essential maintenance"

The Emirates Arena sports venue volition stay open, but it is expected to beryllium engaged arsenic areas volition beryllium utilized for COP26 delivery.

A Glasgow Life spokeswoman said: "The value of COP26 means that, inevitably, determination volition beryllium an interaction connected however the metropolis operates during the event.

"In supporting the transportation of COP26 activity, a tiny fig of Glasgow Life venues volition beryllium closed to the public, either for portion of oregon the duration of the conference.

"Across the wider venues we person reopened, it is our volition to minimise disruption and run concern arsenic accustomed arsenic acold arsenic possible."

Strike disruption

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Image caption, Unions are urging assembly unit to onslaught successful an ongoing wage dispute

About 1,500 Glasgow City Council unit successful refuse, cleansing, schoolhouse janitorial and catering roles could onslaught implicit an ongoing wage dispute.

GMB national members rejected an £850-a-year summation for unit earning up to £25,000 a twelvemonth from section authorization umbrella assemblage Cosla.

The GMB, on with with Unison and Unite unions, are calling for a £2,000 wage emergence for staff.

Their telephone for concern enactment came aft assembly person Susan Aitken was criticised for saying the metropolis needed a "spruce up" earlier the conference.

GMB organiser Chris Mitchell said: "The eyes of the satellite volition beryllium connected Glasgow during COP26, and our politicians present person a prime - volition they reasonably reward the frontline workers oregon volition they hazard embarrassing the metropolis and the state connected an planetary stage?"

But helium denied workers were utilizing the planetary clime league arsenic a bargaining chip.

He claimed national members had been "put successful a corner" by Cosla contempt their efforts during the pandemic. Cosla has said negotiations were ongoing.

Transport disruption

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Image caption, ScotRail unit are acceptable to onslaught and bring disruption to bid services

Rail workers are besides acceptable to spell connected strike during the summit, successful a abstracted quality from the RMT national implicit wage and conditions.

ScotRail unit volition onslaught from Monday 1 November until Friday 12 November.

Staff connected the Caledonian Sleeper volition clasp 2 24-hour strikes. One from 11:59 connected Sunday 31 October and 1 connected Thursday 11 November.

Unite Scotland has besides said astir 1,000 workers crossed the Stagecoach Group had backed onslaught enactment astatine the extremity of October which would impact COP26 autobus question successful cardinal Scotland.

Roads successful the metropolis are besides acceptable to beryllium closed from Saturday 23 October until Monday 15 November. Some roads wrong the SEC field tract are already closed.

Transport Scotland has warned the nationalist to debar the SEC country and expect delays connected the M8 arsenic this volition beryllium the main way for delegates travelling to the summit.

The country astir the SEC volition spot the astir interaction and already much than 9,000 radical successful Glasgow's Finnieston, Anderston and Yorkhill areas person been sent letters and maps telling them however they volition beryllium affected by the roadworthy closures, parking restrictions and information measures.

The COP26 planetary clime acme successful Glasgow successful November is seen arsenic important if clime alteration is to beryllium brought nether control. Almost 200 countries are being asked for their plans to chopped emissions, and it could pb to large changes to our mundane lives.

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