Socialist Worker

Asian workers fight sackings

by Matt Grabham
Issue No. 1961

FORTY ASIAN workers at Bardons Aggregates in west London are protesting outside their depot against mass dismissal.

Last month bosses asked the hauliers to elect a committee to act as spokespeople for the rest of the workers. They elected a group of five. Then a week later managers sacked three of the committee.

Thirty of the hauliers struck and won reinstatement for their colleagues. Then management came back, sacked another committee member followed by everyone else when they struck in his support.

They were replaced with drivers on higher wages. To add insult to injury, Bardons turned on the water spray used to dampen dust from lorries, preventing the hauliers from protesting close to the entrance of the site.

Freddy, one of the Bardons workers, says, “We feel totally betrayed by Bardons.

“When dealing with us they have ignored our good will in favour of ‘might is right’. We’re not asking for much, all we want to do is go back to work, where we were before this all started.”

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Sat 30 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1961
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