Branch Secretary :

Solidarity with Coventry bin strikes

Labour council uses scab Labour


At our last branch meeting we agreed a second donation of £400 to the hardship fund for the council bin strike in Coventry. The dispute is over pay and workers have been faced by tactics typical of the worst private sector employers including putting out lies about their position which Unite has answered in leaflets.


The Labour council is now using scab Labour in an attempt to break the strike and paying the scabs at a higher rate than the workers are demanding.


Solidarity means a lot


In response to our donation, we received this statement from the strikers,


“These are not Labour in Coventry they are Tories hiding In this so called Labour it’s a disgrace.

If they don't stand for the workers as a party maybe we need people to go up and stand against them. Not one of these so-called councillors have even attended the picket line. However, they can put false and misleading information out to the public slating us.

They have now as you may have seen brought in scab labour and taking part In illegal activities to break this strike. We are standing firm and continue to fight.

Thank you for your solidarity it means a lot.”


Unite has made it clear that funding to Labour is under review in the light of this appalling treatment of Unite members.



Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:

“Workers do not want a trade union that plays politics with their jobs, pay and conditions. 

“They don’t want a general secretary who plays games and who chooses whether or not to defend members depending on who the employer is. 

“They don’t want talk of a fanciful long game, played by people they never meet and who never ask their opinion. 

“And, they don’t want their union to give money to people who attack them. 

“None of this should be a surprise to anyone outside of the Westminster bubble.”


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