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12 January 2022

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Coventry bin workers' pay strike

Coventry bin workers picket line

Coventry bin workers picket line   (Click to enlarge)

Coventry Socialist Party

Socialist Party members have joined the picket lines of striking bin workers in Coventry fighting for better pay. On the first day of the strike, 5 January, there was a fantastic turnout of dozens of bin workers and supporters and morale is high.

The Socialist Party's third strike bulletin was well received, especially because at the same time the Labour council has put out yet another insulting attack on the strikers, falsely accusing them of refusing to negotiate and of delaying tactics!

There was outrage over the council's latest statement which dismisses the union's statements on, among other things, the drivers' rate of pay. The council arrogantly says: "Not one of the bin lorry drivers earn 'as little as £22,183 a year.' We pay them. We know."

But as one striker said: "And I know what my payslip says!"

Already this year bin workers in Plymouth have won a 12% pay rise - that's the sixth bin worker victory in under a year!

Several lorry drivers on the picket line are bluntly saying they won't vote Labour again after this betrayal. It's clear that Labour in Coventry isn't on the side of workers.

We had some great discussions with the drivers about our bulletin, the bin worker victories across the country, and the atrocious attacks and slander by this Labour council against these workers.

Socialist Party members were thanked for their support and we sold copies of the Socialist, which featured an article about the strike.

The council hasn't backed down, but with six bin worker victories in the last year the striking drivers should be confident they can win!

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In The Socialist 12 January 2022:


News

Super-rich get richer, while we can't make ends meet. Join the fightback!

Blow to establishment as jury backs Colston Four

Covid, stress and cutbacks fuel school staff shortages

Tories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

Low pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

Shameless Johnson partied through lockdown

Energy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from £600 hit

Energy bosses: 'Jump, cuddle and eat porridge while we raise prices'


Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops

Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan


Campaigns news

Protests against BBC transphobia

Leeds People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted


Workplace news

Coventry bin workers' pay strike

10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

Invergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins


Reviews

Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism


Readers' opinion

War criminal Tony Blair knighted

Bullying weighing room culture at the races

Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older


Obituaries

Obituary - Pauline Wall

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021


 

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triangleCoventry Socialist Party: After the elections- Labour in turmoil - How can we build a new mass workers' party?

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Workers:

triangleSolidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

triangleKazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops

triangleWeetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

triangle10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

Strike:

triangleInvergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins

triangleNew unionism - when mass workers' action changed Britain

triangleS. Yorks Stagecoach workers start indefinite strike

Pay:

triangleLow pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

triangleEast Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

Bin workers:

triangleSandwell bin workers beat Serco and win pay rise

Council:

trianglePeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Drivers:

triangleSouth Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

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Coventry bin workers on strike, January 2022, photo by Dave Nellist

Socialist Party members joined the picket lines of striking bin workers in Coventry fighting for better pay. January 2022

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