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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 October 2021

Brighton waste workers walk out

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The Socialist Party joined the GMB union and Brighton's Cityclean, recycling, commercial waste and HGV drivers and workers on their picket line on 5 October as they fight for better pay and working conditions.

Once again the Green Party council is trying to make the lives of the working class in Brighton harder. The council has told local media it had offered a deal but this was news to the union and workers. Strikers on the picket didn't hold much hope for this 'deal' and saw it as a time wasting tactic.

Head of the council Geoff Raw isn't worried about rubbish piling up on his street though, because he had a truck come to his area for an extra pickup the day before the strike began. This comes weeks after a PR campaign by the Greens promising electric trucks being added to the fleet. The strikers told me that in reality the electric truck used in the photos was on loan and only stayed for the day. They have since had one electric vehicle work a route but it had to be recovered after breaking down on Wilson Avenue.

We welcome the introduction of clean vehicles, but we also support the fair treatment of workers. The Greens need to stop governing our city via publicity stunts and listen to the people of the city.

Joe Mott, Brighton Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 6 October 2021:


What we think

Bakers' union disaffiliates from Labour


News

Sarah Everard trial reveals police abuse of power

Tories plunge millions further into poverty with Universal Credit cut

Capitalist climate hypocrisy

Railway bosses cook the books in another capitalist market failure

Glasgow's equal pay battle set to re-erupt

Pay NHS and care staff to address worker shortages


Workplace news

NEU: National executive agrees campaign on pay

Coordinated FE strike against measly pay offer

Unison LG members reject insulting pay offer

Unite health members say no to 3% and vote for action

Tesco warehouse rep fighting for reinstatement

Scunthorpe steel scaffolders strike for pay rise

Brighton waste workers walk out


Economy

Capitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'


Youth Fight for Jobs

Fighting for our future

Youth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

Ten years since our 330-mile Jarrow March for Jobs


Campaigns news

Barking NHS: "Sorry, please try again later"

We have the right to breathe fresh air

Nottingham: Punish Labour for cruel cuts

London protest for Texas abortion rights

North West socialists join march against Tory conference

Fighting Fund target smashed - 31,703 raised


Obituary

Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021


Review

Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship


 

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GMB:

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