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Shower of solidarity for recycling strike in Bath

by Celia Hollingworth
Issue No. 2487

Pickets in Bath

Pickets in Bath (Pic: Celia Hollingworth)


Recycling workers in Keynsham, near Bath, struck against low pay on Thursday and Friday of last week.

The Unite union members are employed by outsourcer Kier Limited on a contract to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

They voted by 86 percent to strike and 100 percent for action short of strikes after rejecting the company’s measly 3 percent pay offer.

The workers are paid just £7.81 an hour.

UCU lecturers’ union and Unite Community members brought solidarity to the picket lines.

They were set to walk out again on Thursday and Friday of this week, on 28 and 29 January and on 4, 5, 11 and 12 February.

Join the picket lines between 6.30am and 2.30pm, Unit 4, Ashmead Road, Keynsham BS31 1SX.

Recycling workers defend colleague in Sheffield

The GMB union is balloting recycling workers in Sheffield for strikes after bosses sacked union member Martin Lyons on Thursday of last week.

The workers are employed by the Green Company, a subcontractor for Veolia running environmental services for Labour-run Sheffield council.

This is part of a dispute over pay, health and safety and alleged bullying. GMB said Martin was “sacked for asking the council leader Julia Dore a question on a local BBC radio phone-in”.


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