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18 March 2020

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Bexley bin workers strike over lack of hand sanitiser

Workers need coronavirus protection, photo by USAF/CC

Workers need coronavirus protection, photo by USAF/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Bin workers in Bexley, south London have had enough. Left with no hand sanitiser, yet having to collect everybody's rubbish amid the coronavirus crisis, they walked out on strike.

The workers are already balloting to strike over low wages and a bullying culture.

One worker said: "Due to a lack of hand sanitiser in the depot the Bexley bin workers have contracted a bad case of BSE - Big Strike Energy. This is honestly one of the best union meetings I have ever attended.

"Over a 120 in attendance and a unanimous and militant determination to see this strike through."

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In The Socialist 18 March 2020:


Workplace news and analysis

Stop Press: postal workers deliver massive strike vote and offer to become additional 'emergency service'

East London bin workers strike to get back unpaid holiday pay

Determined St Mungo's homelessness workers strike for three days


International socialist news and analysis

French local elections: CWI candidate elected

New pamphlet: constituent assemblies and the revolutionary programme


Socialist history

South Africa: 60 years marking the Sharpeville Massacre


Coronavirus

Coronavirus: workers must not pay the price!

Capitalist crisis and corona: Johnson's budget for the bosses

Coronavirus - a workers charter 2020

Coronavirus: socialist planning, not capitalist chaos!

Coronavirus housing emergency - suspend rent and mortgage payments, seize empty homes

PCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

Councils must break austerity rules

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

Coronavirus hospital worker: amazing response from staff - but worst still to come

'Health not profit' strike wave sweeps Italy

United States: private healthcare exposed as Trump throws money at markets

Workers at Lewisham coronavirus hospital walk out after not being paid

Coronavirus - waste processing employers putting us at risk

Bexley bin workers strike over lack of hand sanitiser

Going viral: socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

Under the microscope: socialist coronavirus news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Help us fund the Socialist

Stop gentrification of Lea Bridge

Tory student plot defeated at Cardiff uni

Nottingham uni occupation ends

Socialist Students speaking tour

Selling the Socialist


Readers' opinion

TV: Noughts and Crosses


 

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Related links:

Coronavirus:

triangleCapitalism's Covid failings

triangleCovid inquiry? Workers must decide

triangle'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety

triangleBristol Socialist Party: One year on - Coronavirus and the state

triangleHealth, Covid and the vaccine: It's a class issue

Bin workers:

triangleThurrock bin workers solid in strike against pay cuts

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleVictory for Medway bin workers

triangleRefuse collection workers strike

Strike:

triangleReaders' comments

triangleLeicester University workers strike against redundancies

triangleEngineers in fourth week of strike action

London:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: How can a party for the working class be built?

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: The fight for a decent future for young people

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