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Sita workers bring dispute back to recycling bosses

Issue No. 2473

The 24th day of protest with Sita Waste Management at the ICI Wilton complex near Redcar took place on Friday of last week.

Protesters shut three of the four entrances and slowed the fourth to a vehicle every couple of minutes for almost four hours. 

The ongoing dispute is over health and safety, union rep facilities and the undercutting of nationally agreed wages. 

Most drivers seemed sympathetic.

Earlier in the week the Unite, GMB and Ucatt unions also targeted Sita’s Haverton Hill site in Billingham, Teesside. 

Protesters disrupted traffic at the gates from 6am until 7.30am creating a long tailback. 

Between 7.40am and 10am a small contingent blockaded the haulage wagons that bring fuel onto the site.

The Friday protest followed protests on Wednesday in Middlesbrough and Thursday in Redcar, when construction workers supported SSI steel workers (see above).

“The protests are sending a strong message to Sita, Sembcorp and Merseyside Waste Authorities ahead of Wednesday’s negotiations with Union officials,” said scaffolder Pete. 

The unions have also called for a demonstration on Wednesday outside the Mann Island buildings in Liverpool.

This aims to support the union officials and to help push through a national wage audit.

The unions want to put an end to the undercutting of their national wage agreement.

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Tue 29 Sep 2015, 15:59 BST
Issue No. 2473
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