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Sheffield bin workers: strike update
Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party
Two full days and two half days of strike action plus an effective "work to management rules" by nearly 200 Sheffield GMB bin workers forced Veolia management to increase their pay offer a second time.
The 1.9% pay rise over 15 months was accepted by 162 in favour, 19 against and 4 spoiled ballots.
This is the second dispute this year after 17 years with no strike action. Workers have shown Veolia that they will not be bullied by management or scabs, and are increasingly demanding that the Labour council take the outsourced contract back in-house as demanded by Socialist Party in its petition to the council meeting last week.