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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 April 2020
Victory for Medway bin workers
Bins, photo Ivor Ibrahamsen (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
Unite the Union reps are pleased to announce that we have won in our dispute at Medway Norse and have ensured a safe environment for staff and the local community (see 'Refuse collection workers strike' at socialistpartyorg.uk).
Thanks to the strength of workers who stood together and the support of people who signed our petition, Medway Norse have agreed to pay all staff for the walkout days regardless of whether they went to work or not. They have implemented social distancing measures, PPE (such as hand sanitiser, gloves, wipes and masks) has been made available, and all staff are guaranteed toilet access, even if they close the toilets to the public.
On behalf of Unite the Union, we would like to send a big thank you to everyone who signed and shared the petition and backed our members to get this victory.
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In The Socialist 8 April 2020:
What we think
Tory lies cost lives
End of the Corbyn era - Organise to fight for socialist policies
Workers take action while union leaders call truce with government and bosses
Coronavirus: Amazon workers threaten revolution!
Coronavirus, capitalism and fighting for socialism worldwide
Dispatches from the front: shortages of NHS staff, equipment - and union leadership
Expired PPE relabelled for NHS use
The minimum wage must go up! Fund coronavirus workers, not bosses' profits!
Capitalism causes crisis profiteering: fight for workers' oversight and public ownership
Under the microscope: Pandemic news in brief
Where's the PPE Welsh Assembly?
EE puts workers' health and safety at risk
Things will never be the same again
Anger as London local authorities bulldoze through powers to discipline workers
A day in the life of a frontline worker
Victory for Medway bin workers
Socialists in Unite meet via Zoom: Struggles continue in the workplaces
World War Two
Class collaboration and worker militancy in World War Two Britain
Labour leadership election: Starmer wins but the fight for socialism goes on
Coronavirus crisis finance appeal
May Day greetings: we need to fund independent workers' media now more than ever
Getting the Socialist out safely under lockdown
The Socialist 8 April 2020 |
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