Some 600 workers at Enterprise-Liverpool, the private company responsible for street cleaning and maintenance in the city, are set to strike for an hour a day every day from Tuesday of next week. They are in dispute over pay and conditions.
The action follows huge votes for action. Some 97 percent of workers in the GMB union and 100 percent in the Unite union voted to strike.
An overtime ban and a work-to-rule will also begin next week.
Ian Lowes, the GMB branch secretary at the company, told Socialist Worker, “We will take strike action every day for an hour at different times, in order to create maximum disruption but with minimum impact on members’ wages.
“The plan came as a shock to Enterprise, who expected us to call all-out action. They hoped to use sub-contractors to break the strike—but they can’t bring in people to work for just an hour.”
Ian says that workers are taking action in anticipation of attacks in the future. “A major demand is that we want guaranteed bonuses,” he said.
“Workers are on very low wages—the basic salary of a bin wagon driver is £13,000 a year. People depend on their bonuses and we’ve seen other workers losing them.”