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Arrested Wealden bin strike pickets set to appear in court

Three GMB trade union officials were arrested during the Wealden bin strike in May this year—a possible forewarning of more repression to come
Police arrest a picket during the Wealden bin strike

Cops arrest GMB union official Gary Palmer during the Wealden bin strike

The three GMB trade union officials who were arrested on bin strike picket lines in Wealden, east Sussex, last month were set to appear in court on Wednesday of this week.

Trade unionists and their supporters planned to gather outside the court in Hastings to show solidarity. The arrest offered a glimpse of the kind of repression the police can hand out to trade unionists after being given more powers by the Tories.

At the time of arrests, the bin strike had been running for over two weeks after workers received a rubbish pay offer from outsourcer Biffa. The strike has since ended with workers voting to return to work last week.

Sticking points stop deal in Coventry bin strike

HGV2 drivers in Coventry are still on strike against the Labour-led council in their dispute over pay. The drivers, who mainly drive bin lorries for the council, want bosses to shift the pay grades to increase pay for all drivers.

A deal in the bin strike is close, but issues over existing and built-up holiday pay are standing in the way. And the strikers have been clear that disciplinary action against deputy convenor Pete Randle must be withdrawn before they return.

Workers have been on all-out strike since January. The Unite union must keep up the pressure with more rallies and marches that have increased support for the bin strike.

And the Tom White Waste plant should be a target. It is owned by the council and is being used to coordinate scab labour to undermine the bin strike. Trade unionists should also continue to financially support the strikers’ battle to ensure the long-running strike stays strong.

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