Branch Secretary :

Coventry bin workers win 12.9%


The long running strike of bin workers in Coventry has resulted in an important win for the workforce.


Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham commented,

"This win shows the new direction of Unite the union. We will defend our members pay and conditions, however long it takes. This continuous action has delivered real terms pay increases for our members.


This deal represents a fair and just pay award and all charges against our victimised rep have now been dropped.


It is quite frankly wrong that our members were forced to take this action against a Labour Council, but Unite will always back its members against any employer who refuses to negotiate. I am very proud of our reps and members today."


Branch members wer shocked at the behavour of the Labour council in Coventry which spent more on employing scabs and attempting the break the strike than the cost of settlement.


We donated to the hardship fund for the strike and Pete randle, who spoke at our branch meeting wrote back to us,



“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.”


During the dispute Unite suspended councillors who were Unite members and stopped funding to the Labour Party.


This victory sends a message to other employers that Unite is determined to defend members and we congratualte the Coventry members.


29 July 2022


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