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Liverpool bin workers score victory
Before our strike, Enterprise-Liverpool management told us: "You can walk out for six months if you want but you will come back with nothing". We won something like 95% of what we went on strike for, in three weeks.
A Liverpool bin worker
We actually marched back into the yard after the meeting at the end of the strike with the union banners and made a point of passing the offices.
What made our action succeed was the fact that it was rock solid from start to finish.
Nobody wavered at all despite the pressure we were put under. After the reports in the Echo trying to undermine us, some of the lads have said they are going to stop buying it, like the Liverpool fans did with the Sun.
This is one of, if not the most successful strike action I have ever taken part in, in spite of heavy pressure from management. And the younger workers who were striking for the first time were really great.
In The Socialist 23 September 2009:
War and occupation
Postal workers strike
Youth fight for jobs
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