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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

Bin workers lobby the council offices, photo Rob Williams

Bin workers lobby the council offices, photo Rob Williams   (Click to enlarge)

Coventry Socialist Party

At a rally and march of striking Coventry bin lorry drivers on 22 February, the mood was really determined as workers marched from the picket line to Coventry council offices. They were lobbying Labour councillors who were meeting for a budget-setting meeting, calling on them to resolve the dispute.

The workers are fighting for pay parity with other local councils, some of which pay equivalent workers £5,500 more. The council has spent millions more trying to break the strike than it would cost to settle.

At the rally, Pete Randall, senior Unite shop steward on the bins, said he supported Unite general secretary Sharon Graham's decision to stop funding Labour while this strike goes on.

Onay Kasab, Lead for Local Government in Unite the Union, said that one of the Labour councillors had been offended when the shout of "scab" went up as he entered the council offices. "When it walks like a duck and swims like a duck, it's a duck!" replied Onay. When Labour councillors employ strike-breaking methods then scabs are what they are. Onay said that Unite's policy of calling on Labour councils to set no-cuts needs budgets should be implemented in Coventry to settle the dispute.

Labour MP Barry Gardiner addressed the rally offering support, and called the Coventry Labour council "shameful". Yet many present at the rally were aware of the contradiction when he said he had been campaigning for Labour in Erdington. There, Socialist Party member Dave Nellist, who has wholeheartedly supported the Coventry bin workers strike, is standing against a Labour candidate who has been part of a Blairite council that has attacked bin workers in Birmingham.

Over 100 supporters joined the bin workers, including Socialist Party members and the National Shop Stewards Network.

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In The Socialist 23 February 2022:


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Privatisation and crisis in the NHS


Erdington by-election

The Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

Vote Nellist for a workers' MP in Birmingham Erdington


Workplace news

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

Barts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

Rail workers strike in Sheffield


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Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout


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Restore Cardiff's slashed services

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Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

London Socialist Party women's meeting

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch


Review

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triangleRail workers strike in Sheffield

triangleJust Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

triangleBarts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

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triangleThe Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

trianglePrivatisation and crisis in the NHS

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triangleNewham City Farm - closed with no consultation

triangleRestore Cardiff's slashed services

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