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Issue No. 2250

Strikes after Kirklees worker locked in office by bosses

Around 100 cleansing workers at the Sita company in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, are striking against alleged management bullying and intimidation.

The Unite union members struck on Wednesday of last week and were set to strike on Wednesday of this week and Monday of next week.

The workers operate the waste tips that the council outsourced to Sita.

Following a range of cases, the workforce balloted for action after a manager locked a worker in an office. He had to call the police to ask to be released.

Southampton ballot

Workers at Southampton council were to find out the result of their ballot after it ended on Friday of this week.

The Tory council has issued dismissal notices to every worker. It plans to sack them unless they sign up to huge pay cuts.

If the union members vote yes in the ballot, a one-day strike is planned in the week of 16 May.

Birmingham council reneges on deal

Refuse workers are furious that Birmingham council has reneged on an agreement that ended their lengthy dispute over pay.

The unions are now looking at restarting industrial action over the issue.

The council signed an agreement in March with the GMB, Ucatt, Unite and Unison unions—but has not yet implemented it.

Lincolnshire workers plan strike

Unions at Lincolnshire county council are continuing to ballot their members for strikes over job cuts.

The Unison and GMB unions’ ballots have begun, and Unite says it also intends to ballot.

However, the unions have decided to seek mediation.

Union reps met bosses for talks last week, with the Acas conciliation service present.

The strike ballots close later this month.

It is a step forward that the ballots have forced the bosses to the table.

But it is strikes that have the power to beat them.

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Tue 3 May 2011, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2250
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