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Salford refuse workers on strike

Issue No. 2060

Fujitsu workers present a solidarity cheque to the strikers

Fujitsu workers present a solidarity cheque to the strikers

Around 140 workers in Salford city council’s refuse, recycling and street cleansing teams struck on Thursday of last week and Tuesday of this week.

The workers, members of the Unite union, are in dispute over the council’s long-term use of agency workers and the creation of a two-tier workforce.

The union says that more than 50 agency workers in the department have been employed between 12 months and five years on lower wages without any potential for permanent status.

On Tuesday strikers brought a barbecue, gazebo and flags to the picket line.

One of the pickets explained that permanent and agency workers are united in their determination “to bring the work into the 21st century”.

Between the two strike days, workers held a ballot in which they voted to reconfirm their commitment to action. As well as a series of one-day strikes, the workers are involved in a continuous overtime ban and a work to rule.

The workers are appealing for solidarity and financial support.

As well as losing pay through strike days and the overtime ban, they are losing the weekly bonuses paid for completion of rounds. This is up to a third of the usual pay of some workers.

Manchester trades council is circulating an appeal for solidarity. On Tuesday a delegation of Unite members from Fujitsu joined the picket line. They took their banner and a donation of £100 from their own strike fund.

Send donations payable to TGWU to Salford City Council Dispute, TGWU section Unite, Transport House, Merchant Quay, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SG.

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Tue 17 Jul 2007, 19:46 BST
Issue No. 2060
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