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Issue No. 2076


Refuse workers in Eastleigh, Hampshire, staged a 24-hour walkout on Monday over working conditions.

Workers have been told by management that they will not be paid overtime if they work over their allotted time in order to finish their rounds.

Refuse collectors at the Hedge End depot told Socialist Worker that they had already saved the council around £150,000 a year in a previous agreement but now management are demanding more.

The strike was well supported with around 95 percent of the workforce taking part and it seems to have the support of the public.

Reps for the Unison union in the council said they hope to have a settlement soon.

They hinted that further action may take place if the management do not change their stance.

Geoff Breeze


A new single status deal is being put to 15,000 workers. Already some 200 workers have rejected a £4,000 offer to settle equal pay claims.

One Leicester worker said, “I have yet to receive the official letter, but have been told by my manager that I would be taking a £5,000 cut.

“When I was told that my post would be downgraded, I was in a state of shock.

“I am still unable to sleep through the night, thinking of how to stop this happening.

“I am all for equal pay for everyone but cannot see how downgrading some posts make it fair.

“I cannot understand how any employer can get away with these actions.

“The fact that it is happening all over the country should mean people can get together and change the way the local authorities think.”


Unison union members have voted by 79 percent in favour of the council’s single status deal.

It means the new pay and grading structure for 27,000 staff will start next February, backdated to April 2007.

Some 2,000 workers will have their salaries cut and 6,500 other will have their pay increased.

Some groups of workers are still battling to stop massive cuts to their wages as part of the single status pay review.

Ballot results from the GMB and Unite unions are due this week.

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Tue 6 Nov 2007, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2076
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