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Recycling fight against the bosses

by Matt Gordon
Issue No. 1826

WORKERS AT Resourcesaver in Bristol took strike action for 48 hours last week in protest at management reneging on an agreement for a 40-hour week. They were also protesting against the continuing practice of compulsory overtime.

The workers are responsible for collecting the black boxes given to every house in Bristol for recycling. Avon Friends of the Earth, which has a contract with multinational SITA for recycling, manages the company. SITA in turn has a contract with Bristol City Council.

The workforce had extracted significant concessions from the management, but Avon Friends of the Earth has now taken it off the table. According to the Unison branch chair Mark Phelan, 'They'd conceded a voluntary overtime scheme and they also conceded that there are real problems with equal opportunities and disciplinary procedures.

'These have been taken off the table because we were demanding the removal of the operations manager. They've also threatened to discipline people for an alleged go-slow.'

The manager at the centre of the dispute is the operations manager in Bristol, Charlie McCaulder. There is a general feeling that he has abused his position and that any agreement they sign while he is still in position are worthless. Workers were due to meet to discuss their response.

Send messages of support and donations to Joe MacDonald, Branch Treasurer, Unit 29, Easton Business Centre, Felix Road, Bristol BS5 0HE, or e-mail [email protected] Check out the branch website - go to here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

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Sat 16 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1826
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