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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2022

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Picket line on the first day of the strike, photo Coventry Socialist Party

Picket line on the first day of the strike, photo Coventry Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Adam Harmsworth, Coventry Socialist Party

For weeks, Coventry's bin lorry drivers in Unite have been on strike over low pay and Christmas working, with a packed and determined picket line in cold winter weather from 6am each strike day. As the strike has progressed, the Labour-run council has shown its hostility to the workers. First, they slandered the workers with misleading statements.

Then they opened waste drop-off sites to undermine the strike. The drivers' reps have been treated with contempt in negotiations, and the council has sent leaflets to thousands of homes with their 'facts'. This all prompted the drivers to go all-out from February until at least the end of March.

The Labour council has responded in the most treacherous way. They have been caught hiring agency workers to do the drivers' work! The jobs are advertised at £18-£20 an hour - the drivers are only on £11.49 to £14.37 an hour. The council is burning taxpayer money to break the strike, after a decade of savage cuts to services, which include the bin service. It reduced weekly collections to fortnightly, which cost dozens of jobs.

But there's more: the scab workers are being hired to Tom White Waste, a company the council bought for £14 million. As a final detail in this horrendous attack on striking workers, the non-driving crews are being threatened with disciplinary action if they don't work with the scab workers. They include Unite members and are an obvious attempt at divide and rule.

The Labour council has betrayed the workers. Meanwhile, the strikers have had a wave of donations and solidarity messages from trade unions and Coventry Trades Union Council, alongside members of the public. Battle lines are drawn, with unions and socialists on the side of the drivers against the Labour council.

The drivers have every reason to be confident in winning. The council has blundered repeatedly. But to stop the council assault on working people in Coventry, we must also build the trade unionist and socialist challenge to the pro-cuts parties. We call on trade unionists, socialists and community campaigners in Coventry to consider standing as anti-cuts candidates or support the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in May to build the socialist alternative.

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In The Socialist 2 February 2022:


News

Tories attack UC recipients with 'get any job' threat

NHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

NI rise piled onto shoulders of the lowest paid

Gas and electric bills set to soar by 50% this year

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity needed

Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday 50 years on

School students strike in Austria

Coup d'état in Burkina Faso

France: Education workers and students walkout


TUSC

Tories Out!

Dave Nellist standing for Birmingham Erdington

Why a socialist candidate for Birmingham Erdington is vital

Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

Essex cuts racket must end

Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

TUSC by-elections round-up


Workers fighting back

The winter strike wave escalates as workers fight back and win

NHS workers begin strike for 15% and against outsourcing

Victory at NewVIc college! 'The picket line gives us power'

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

PCS 2022 elections

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns news

Tories sinking, workers rising - help fund the socialist fightback

May Day Greetings: Back the paper that backs the working class

Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

Socialist Students getting organised for 2 March walkout


Review

Belfast: Worth watching portrayal of previously airbrushed workers' unity


 

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triangle'Labour by name - Tory by policy'

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triangleSomers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

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triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

trianglePrivatisation and crisis in the NHS

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Drivers:

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Workers:

triangleFor workers' unity against war in Ukraine

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