refuse collection

Health and safety victory for recycling plant workers

Today the Orion recycling workers return to work as heroes bringing an end to their historic two and a half week walkout over dangerous working conditions which began on Wednesday 28th March.

Wildcat at Orion

An in-depth report from the recent wildcat strike at the Orion recycling plant in East London. This report first appeared on Notes from Below.

Workers wildcat at East London recycling plant

Orion recycling plant workers, March 2018. Photo by Gordon Roland Peden.

United Voices union members at the Orion recycling plant in east London walked off the job this morning in a historic and inspiring wildcat strike to protest against inhuman working conditions.

The Memphis sanitation strike, 1968

Memphis sanitation strike

A short history of the 1968 strike of 1300 African-American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, during which Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Union suspends bin strike again

Unite union have suspended the bin strike again, after a court granted an interim injunction against the Birmingham council.

Council lies mean Brum bin strike extended til Christmas

Refuse collection workers in Birmingham have voted strongly in favour of extending strike action for a further three months.

An appeal to Bearded Broz: the Birmingham bin strike

The following is an appeal to the volunteer group Bearded Broz. I'm asking you to avoid collecting the bins while the Birmingham bin strike now enters its ninth week. Although I feel the points I make are valid no matter who say them, I should mention that I am not affiliated with Unite, nor am I a refuse collector. I am merely a resident of Birmingham who also happens to share a Pakistani background with many of you. Although I admire your proactive attitude, I believe doing the bin men’s work while they’re on strike can only have an adverse effect on our already neglected communities.

All out! Birmingham bin strike back on

Bin workers in Birmingham are back on the picket line after the council went back on the agreement they reached with the union only two weeks ago.

Union claims victory as Birmingham bins strike suspended

Birmingham striking refuse workers

Birmingham's two-month long bin strike has been suspended following talks between the council and the Unite union via conciliation service, ACAS, with the union declaring a victory for its members.

Al Ditty – Working Class Hero

Grave marker for Al Ditty, Mpls. sanitation worker who leaked police raid plan

A tribute to a white Minneapolis sanitation worker who was fired and committed suicide after leaking plans for a police raid on the Justice for Jamar Clark protest encampment outside the 4th Precinct police station in North Minneapolis.