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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 November 2021
Sheffield bin workers strike and say: "End rubbish pay!"
photo Alistair Tice (Click to enlarge)
"End rubbish pay!" was the chant outside Lumley Street depot as around 150 Sheffield bin workers, members of the GMB union, began strike action on 8 November for an above-inflation pay rise.
Employed by multinational Veolia on the council's outsourced waste management contract, the workers have rejected two below-inflation offers, the last one being 3% a year on a two-year deal. At a gate mass meeting, they voted unanimously to serve notice of all-out strike action from 22 November if their demand for a one-year 6% rise is not met. But it's not just about pay, it's about erosion of terms and conditions, and especially about bullying management, 'Nasty Nick' mentioned by name!
The four-hour strike kept all the bin wagons behind locked gates, and the strikers marched to the town hall, drawing noticeable support from honking vehicles and shoppers clapping. There, GMB regional officer Pete Davies said about the Labour cabinet: "Its time they got off their arses and show that it's the dog that wags the tail, not the other way round."
The Socialist Party goes further - the Veolia contract should be brought back in-house now.
Alistair Tice, Sheffield Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 10 November 2021:
Capitalism's COP26 failure: socialist planning vital
Thousands march in Glasgow and elsewhere to save the planet
Socialist planning to meet housing need
75 years after the first new town
Fight together for a pay rise
Council workers ballot on pay offer that's really a cut
School staff need a pay rise
Harsh Tory regime for benefit claimants and workers
Tories under pressure in bid to remove pension triple lock
What we think
Sleaze and pay a toxic mix for Tories
Why I'm coming to Socialism 2021
CWU conference debates political strategy
RMT AGM: Delegates focus on the looming battles
University workers vote for action in two disputes
Sheffield bin workers strike: "End rubbish pay!"
Support for all-out scaffs strike spreads
Weetabix workers escalate action in crunch dispute
Portugal's government falls: Left must adopt a new course
John Barnes on class and capitalism. What's missing?
The Socialist 10 November 2021 |
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