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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 October 2021
Brighton waste workers walk out
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
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
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
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
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 - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021
Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship
The Socialist 6 October 2021 |
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