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Public Health Scotland is raising concerns about public health due to the piles of garbage on the streets as the strike by garbage collectors continues.
Source: 5 News/Youtube
In the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, the garbage collectors have been on strike since August 18 as they demand higher pay. As the strikes continue, the health authority has warned that this could be a huge concern for public health. They warn that “if organic waste builds up, it can become a risk to human health.”
Images have been circling the internet of food waste, diapers, and all other garbage rotting on the streets in the U.K. The government has also warned people to stay away from numerous beaches as the heavy rain flushes raw sewage into the waterways.
The workers plan to stay off work until August 30 or whenever the pay dispute is settled, which many fear will take longer than expected. The workers are demanding wage increases as the cost of living and inflation are skyrocketing in the U.K. Authorities have even said there would be an 80 percent increase in annual energy bills in October.
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