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Mass pickets can win Leeds strike

Issue No. 2170

The strike is solid—most bins in Leeds have not been emptied since the action started more than two weeks ago.

But the council is stepping up its scabbing operation. It is bringing in agency workers and private contractors, using bin wagons believed to be from Preston and Bradford.

The council is trying to “keep up appearances” by emptying bins in the city centre. But waste is already piling up in people’s gardens.

If workers step up the picketing, they can stop all refuse collection.

The public support is there. Around 200 people rallied in support of the workers in the first week of the action. And more than 500 people signed a petition backing the strike in just one day.

Solidarity and collections are urgently needed from other workers. The strikers could set up a strike committee and support group, and hold daily stalls in Leeds city centre.

Most importantly, to win the strikers need to hold mass pickets that can stop the scabs.

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