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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2019

Birmingham bin strike against 'blacklisting'

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail   (Click to enlarge)

Hundreds of Birmingham bin workers in Unite the Union took strike action on 19 February to protest the council making secret payments to workers who did not take part in the 2017 bin strike. There were picket lines across four depots.

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail   (Click to enlarge)

20 Socialist Party members went down to support the strike. One of them, Rob Williams, spoke at two picket-line rallies of hundreds, alongside Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett. Rob offered the full support of the Socialist Party and National Shop Stewards Network to huge cheer and applause.

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail   (Click to enlarge)

The bin workers are approaching the dispute seriously. The stakes are higher than before. Birmingham's pro-austerity Blairite council is attempting to get a high-court injunction to stop the strike.

When the bin workers strike again on 22 February they will be joined by home-care workers in public sector union Unison. Home carers, taking action against pay cuts, will join the bin-depot picket lines.

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail

Birmingham bin strike, 19.2.19, photo by Lenny Shail   (Click to enlarge)

The council is under even more pressure to step back from a full-frontal assault on the working class of Birmingham. The Socialist Party is calling for coordinated and escalated action in defence of jobs, services and ordinary people.

Lenny Shail, Birmingham Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 20 February 2019:


News

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NHS crisis deepens: Workers' and community action can save our health service

What we heard

What we saw


Youth climate strikes

"There's no planet B": Thousands of youth strike against climate change - we need socialist change!

Youth strike for the climate reports: "There's no planet B"


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Eight Blairites split - Now kick out the rest


Workplace news

PCS Left Unity must unite on pay and elections

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Nationalise to save jobs at Honda!

Birmingham bin strike against 'blacklisting'

Deliveroo riders strike against exploitative pay and conditions

Leicester college pay strike goes on

Cardiff Uni: urgent action needed to stop job cuts

Hackney: Unite fights racism and victimisation

Harrowing accounts of austerity at Unison women's conference

Unite GLL pay campaign


International socialist news and analysis

Spanish state: social polarisation and budget defeat force snap election


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Unite union London council workers back Enfield Labour no-cuts call

Leeds TUC presents a no-cuts alternative budget

Socialist Students conference shows potential for fighting leadership

London housing campaigners disrupt auction

Birmingham Uni: Standing up to racism is not harassment!

Leicester Socialists stand against Blairite mayor

Lincoln students back UCU ballot

Leicestershire needs NHS beds

Claimants and union slam Universal Credit

Energy retail firm collapse hits Tyneside


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