Giant dead rats found floating in filthy bins as worker shares disturbing video

A horrifying video recorded on Thursday by a refuse worker in Glasgow show more than half a dozen giant dead rats floating inside a bin.

The disturbing footage was filmed in Glasgow's Summerton area as council workers carried out waste disposal in the city.

Trade union GMB shared the video to social media to highlight the working conditions that staff face, urging the council to put a stop to funding cuts, the DailyRecord reports.

In the video, Chris Mitchell calls for immediate action from the Scottish Government and local council to help them tackle the "waste crisis" in the city.

He said in the footage: "I’m going to show you a video in Glasgow that will shock you because Glasgow is in the middle of a waste crisis.

"It was named 4th highest in the UK for that population.

"Keyworker, essential worker, and critical worker. That is what the Scottish Government referred to cleansing workers as.

"It was a necessity you come into work. Communities couldn’t thrive without you. And due to the nature of your job, you are a statutory requirement.

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"You stop diseases from spreading. Things like rats and other vermin.

"But again that doesn’t reflect on the recent pay rise from COSLA, it's nothing but an insult.

"We are urging the Scottish Government and COSLA to get back around the table with the unions and give us a better offer that we deserve.

"In Glasgow and throughout Scotland we are still facing horrendous cuts in the public sector."

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Gary Smith, the newly-elected general secretary of the GMB in Scotland, previously told the Daily Record how Glasgow is "filthy".

He said: "Glasgow has suffered huge cuts to public spending, the streets are filthy, the infrastructure is crumbling, the public realm is in a terrible state of decay.

"Working-class communities around Glasgow have been absolutely abandoned by the council."

A spokesman for the council said: "The local housing association has been undertaking pest control measures at their property and we have not been involved.

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"Our staff have not flagged up a rat issue at these properties, which is what they are expected to do for their own safety.

"We empty the bins every four days at these properties and in our experience, the bin courts are kept in good order.

"How this specific incident came about is unclear. In our view, this incident does not provide a basis for a useful discussion on the wider cleansing system in Glasgow."

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GMB Scotland Organiser David Hume said: "This is another shameful example of Glasgow’s waste crisis and let’s be clear it’s a crisis that’s verging on a catastrophe.

"The council’s decision to press ahead with three weekly collections across the city is madness, and its attempts to mask these cuts under the banner of environmentalism is contemptible.

"You cannot cut your way out of a crisis, you must invest, and with the challenges on settling residual equal pay claims and replacing the discriminatory job evaluation system still outstanding, it’s increasingly clear the council cannot resolve this alone.

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"Susan Aitken should do the right thing and pick up the phone to the Scottish and UK Governments and ask for the intervention and investment Glasgow desperately needs."

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "We are very grateful to all key workers who have helped to maintain essential services across Scotland throughout the pandemic.

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"It is the responsibility of individual councils to manage their own budgets and to allocate the financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities.

"Glasgow City Council will receive a total funding package of almost £1.5 billion to support local services, which includes an extra £29.8 million to support vital day-to-day services, equivalent to an increase of 2.2% compared to 2020-21."

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