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South Ayrshire refuse workers keep up defiance

by Graeme Cummings
Issue No. 2501

South Ayrshire council plans to cut working conditions, radically change working hours and cut overtime rates for refuse workers. This has been met by determined action from the workers.

The Unite union members have held a series of one-day strikes, including on Wednesday and Friday of last week. They are continuing a work to rule.

This follows an 84 percent vote for strikes in a ballot.

Workers have now been threatened with mass sackings unless they bow to management’s demands and sign the contracts being imposed.

This has not shaken their determination to protest against the conditions and working hours demanded of them.

They were set to strike again from 5.45am on Wednesday this week and Thursday next week— the day of the Scottish parliament elections.

The attack is a sign of how councils of every hue in Scotland have been reacting to the Scottish National Party government’s austerity budget.

The Tory minority administration in South Ayrshire is attacking the conditions and pay for some of its lowest paid workers.

Send messages of support to Unite the union, 18-20 Barns St, Ayr KA7 1XA




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