Sturgeon forced into emergency talks as Scotland rocked by school closures and bin strikes

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The Scottish government has not confirmed the First Minister’s position, or what she plans to suggest to try and end the industrial action. Waste service staff walked out in more than 20 councils from August 18 in a pay dispute.

Refuse collections around Scotland are restarting today, as the first wave of strikes by council bin workers comes to an end.

The walkout ended in Edinburgh on Tuesday, but rubbish continued to pile up in 13 other Scottish council areas, including Glasgow and Aberdeen.

There is set to be further strikes in 19 council areas across Scotland from September 6 to September 13.

Public Health Scotland warned of a human health risk from overflowing waste.

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