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Labour brings in the scabs in Sheffield bin dispute

by Phil Turner
Issue No. 2526

Angry striking bin workers in Sheffield stepped up picketing on Monday in their second one-day walkout over pay after scabs were brought in from London.

Up to 80 GMB union pickets stopped scab wagons for a while outside the Veolia plant which is contracted by Labour-controlled Sheffield City Council.

Workers are furious that scabs have been shipped in from Haringey council in London to break the strike at the Bernard Road depot in the city.

The strike breakers travelled first class from London to Sheffield and were housed in one of the city’s finest hotels.


“It’s costing them more to pay scabs and put them up in hotels than it would to settle the dispute, but they want to weaken the union,” one picket said.

The union has called on the council to kick Veolia off the contract immediately.

GMB members are involved in a long-standing dispute with the company over their refusal to settle a pay claim.

It is their second 24-hour strike in two weeks.

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Tue 18 Oct 2016, 16:41 BST
Issue No. 2526
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