A pest controller has warned of rats invading homes and businesses in Edinburgh following bin strikes across the city.
Unions launched industrial action on 18 August in the middle of the annual Edinburgh Festival in a pay dispute with local government body Cosla.
They had been seeking an offer similar to the one made to council workers in England - which included a £1,925 flat rate pay increase.
But when the offer was not matched, Edinburgh workers began the first of a series of strikes around Scotland.
The action escalated last week when refuse workers at a further 20 local authorities walked out, despite an offer of a 5% rise.
Vikki Cavanagh, who runs Tae a Moose pest controllers, told Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the calls will start to increase quite massively once all the rubbish in the city starts to get cleared up.
"So as the bin men start to go back and the streets become cleaner we will start to see the rodents look for alternative food sources, so rather than being out on the streets they will start to go into residential properties, or businesses for that matter, for that other food source."
Workers in 13 areas, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, are still on strike until Wednesday.
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Scott Arthur, transport and environment convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said that the refuse collectors, who were recognised as key workers during the pandemic, have not been offered the same deal as their English counterparts.
He said: "These are the key workers who kept the city on its feet right the way through lockdown and they barely missed a collection over that period.
"Some are very low paid so they deserve a fair pay rise to help them over the cost of living crisis."
Arthur said the "fundamental reason" the Scottish government's offer of a 5% pay rise isn't being accepted is that it doesn't equal that offered to workers in England.
He said that English workers were being offered £1,925 pounds extra per year, but the offer in Scotland was only a one-off, labelling the move "insulting".
He added: "The Scottish councils are setting aside 3% to pay these workers, all we are asking is that the Scottish government equals that."
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