Socialist Worker

Refuse workers

by Matt Gordon
Issue No. 1824

WORKERS AT Resourcesaver in Bristol took strike action last Wednesday over management reneging on a deal to cut working hours. Resourcesaver is responsible for collecting black boxes for recycling. Doug Varney from the workers' of the Unison union branch explained, 'Management had agreed to cut the working week to 40 hours - that's five eight-hour days. Now management have imposed a standard nine-hour day.

'The workers have passed a vote of no confidence in management, unanimously rejected the proposals, and started an overtime ban and a programme of strikes.' Refuse collection has been contracted out to the multinational SITA. They have in turn subcontracted recycling to Resourcesaver, which is partly funded by Avon Friends of the Earth (FoE).

There is bitterness at FoE's role. One placard on the picket line proclaimed, 'FoE - save the planet, fuck the workforce'. Two more strike days are planned for Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November.

Messages of support can be e-mailed to or posted to Unit 29, Easton Business Centre, Felix Road BS5 0HE.

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Sat 2 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1824
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