Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/957/25868

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 July 2017

Birmingham bin workers stand firm as management steps up dirty tricks

A placard tied to the gates by binworkers. Jeremy Corbyn wants to change Labour, but for Birmingham bin workers, it’s not yet happening here., photo Birmingham SP

A placard tied to the gates by binworkers. Jeremy Corbyn wants to change Labour, but for Birmingham bin workers, it’s not yet happening here., photo Birmingham SP   (Click to enlarge)

Clive Walder, Birmingham Central Socialist Party

Birmingham Labour council is playing dirty in the ongoing bin dispute to defend 113 threatened jobs now that the action is beginning to bite.

They are recruiting expensive agency staff and private 'partners' to scuttle round the city clearing up rubbish left by the strike. They have written to individual workers about a confidential hotline to encourage those scared by the threat of job losses to jump ship and weaken the entire workforce.

These tactics from management - more akin to Thatcher against the miners than to Jeremy Corbyn - while they were supposed to be talking to the union!

They could, of course, stop imposing their lousy plan, let bin workers go back to work and save money as a result. By being prepared to spend more on breaking the strike than by settling it, they indicate that this may be about breaking the union, possibly in preparation for privatisation. At the end of 2015-16 Birmingham council had 895.7 million of usable reserves!

In response, daily two-hour stoppages will become three-hour stoppages. Wagons will return to the depot at lunchtime from 28 July, increasing the backlog which the council is finding difficult to contain.

Bin workers are pleased that Unison, which represents street sweepers, is now also balloting for action.

Public support

Bin workers explain that they have had far more public support than ever before. So management is trying, with the help of local media, to turn the public against them by posting bin workers' salaries online. But they only post maximum salaries which only a small proportion of the workers earn.

They claim that no existing worker will lose their job but fail to mention that many workers will have to reapply for their existing job at a lower grade which will see some workers lose 6,000 a year.

They also claim that they are creating permanent jobs and reducing the number of agency workers, yet they have been happy to employ agency workers for years.

Bin workers shouldn't be forced into this position by the council. Workers have already had two pay cuts since 2008 and there is anger that a Labour council should be using such methods to slash back workers' terms and conditions.

One striker said: "They talk about rats on the streets. What about rats in the council?"

At Perry Barr depot they suggested that: "Corbyn and the 'crew in Birmingham council' are totally different".

Another said: "If Tory cabinet members now claim they reject austerity, why won't Labour councillors?"

Jeremy Corbyn should demand that Birmingham councillors stop all attacks on the bin workers - and other council workers - or stop them standing as Labour candidates in future elections.

Birmingham Socialist Party members are regular visitors to picket lines and have produced a weekly bulletin for bin workers and a flyer for public distribution putting the workers' case.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 26 July 2017:


What we think

Right wing attempts to use single market against Corbyn


Socialist Party workplace news

Barts health strike: Low pay, no way!

Birmingham bin workers stand firm

Bron Afon workers strike against 3,000 pay cut

Court victory for PCS and all trade unions

Tesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

Mears workers escalate action to all-out strike

Workers' campaign underway to stop ward closure

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Building workers' struggle and the forces of international socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

Education cuts: Tories buckling under public pressure

BBC yawning pay gaps revealed

Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories

Them & Us


Art and the Russian revolution

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution


Young Socialists

Young people...fight for a future, fight for socialist policies


Grenfell Tower

Grenfell survivors tell Tories: "Step down and resign"

Vigil for Grenfell

Tenants' meeting reveals huge anger


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Corbyn visits Southampton on marginal seat tour

Huddersfield A&E closure referred to Jeremy Hunt

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Socialist sales at Salford station

Street cleaners support the Birmingham bin strike

'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Council meeting abandoned after undercover policing protest

Education cuts forced back in Hackney

Southampton councillors faced with angry anti-cuts campaigners

Plans to bring A-levels back to Knowsley abandoned


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 July 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Birmingham:

triangleSE Birmingham Socialist Party: Role of the community and voluntary sector

triangleSE Birmingham Socialist Party: Sport and Coronavirus

triangleSE Birmingham Socialist Party: Was the Coronavirus pandemic inevitable?

triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine - recent developments & the future

triangleBirmingham SW Socialist Party: The Socialist Party - our history and how we operate

Workers:

triangleCovid crisis boosts union membership but TUC leaders want to cosy up to the bosses!

triangleEconomic collapse leads to renewed protests across Lebanon

triangle1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since"

triangleThe 'Lucas Plan'

Bin workers:

triangleVictory for Medway bin workers

triangleRefuse collection workers strike

triangleEast London bin workers strike to get back unpaid holiday pay

Council:

triangleHull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

triangleCrisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

Labour:

triangleLessons from the Corbyn experience

Union:

triangleEnergy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant

Agency workers:

triangleScandalous conditions in food distribution centre

Strike:

triangleThe Tyneside apprentices' strike during WW2

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleSabotage - the inner workings of Labour's political machine exposed

Privatisation:

triangleNHS supply chain worker: privatisation has cut equipment quantity and quality

Council workers:

triangleEnd council cuts now, to end Tory austerity!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

27/5/20

Fighting Fund

We need readers' support to fight capitalist crisis

27/5/20

Ferries

Fight P&O's billionaire bosses' jobs cut plan

27/5/20

Schools

Schools aren't safe

27/5/20

Energy

Energy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant

27/5/20

Hull

Hull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

27/5/20

Covid

Eerily quiet before second wave - don't reopen schools!

25/5/20

Coronavirus

No return to unsafe construction sites

22/5/20

Obituary

Mick Cotter 21-9-57 to 20-5-20

22/5/20

Rolls Royce

Strong union response needed against job cuts

20/5/20

CWU

Postal workers' action results in double victory for union

20/5/20

NSSN

Organising to fight for workplace safety

20/5/20

Peterborough

Posties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive

20/5/20

Covid

Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections

20/5/20

Protest

Safe protests against Tory corona chaos continue

19/5/20

Hull

Trades council debates workers' political representation

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999