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Eastleigh refuse workers' strike bites

by Geoff Breeze
Issue No. 2078

Refuse collectors in Eastleigh in Hampshire held two more one day strikes over working conditions on Friday of last week and Monday of this week.

Workers at the Hedge End depot have also organised a work to rule policy between the strikes since the dispute started with a one day strike earlier this month. The result has crippled collections across the Eastleigh area.

Management have told workers that they will not pay them overtime if they work over their allotted time.

They have now said that they want workers to pay for fuel used in the collection trucks by removing money directly from their wages.

Refuse collectors told Socialist Worker that management had offered them a deal which was beyond a joke.

Management have attempted to discipline workers by accusing them of harassing managers.

They have called the police down to the picket lines on every single strike.

However the police were unable to act as the picket line was perfectly legal.

Workers say that management have continued to be arrogant in their stance toward them. The action is likely to continue until the bosses change their attitudes and offer some meaningful talks.

The workers are in the Unison union.

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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