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.
In a 5 hour meeting held last Friday 13th April at the Orion plant, all the workers' demands over health and safety, hygiene and training were conceded. The workers also secured a guarantee of full payment of their wages throughout the two and half week stoppage.
Whilst their safety has now been secured talks will be ongoing in respect of the London Living Wage and Occupational Sick Pay which may lead to a strike ballot in the coming weeks.
Confident, combative, united and inspiring, these 'invisible' workers have shown what it takes to stand up and resist precarity and marginalisation.
Dismissed as 'unorganisable' by most official unions, these migrant worker members of United Voices of the World have shown that the best weapon to fight back is the collective strength of those you work with.
If 'invisible' migrant workers at an industrial site in east London can do this, there's no reason why other workers can't take on the bosses and win!