Allerdale Waste Service strikers on the picket line earlier this month (Picture: Twitter/ (UniteNorthWest)

A Labour-controlled council is using the Tories’ anti‑strike laws to undermine workers’ action. Cumberland council is using strike breakers against Unite union members who work for Allerdale Waste Services. The council is paying agency loaders and drivers £14 an hour to break the strike.

But ordinary workers are only paid £10.90 an hour for loaders and £11.89 for drivers. Allerdale Waste is a private company owned 100 percent by the council. Workers stuck from Tuesday of last week until Thursday of last week to escalate their strike. They are right to escalate and fight for justice.

Pay strike coming at Ford, Dagenham

Workers at the Ford factory in Dagenham, east London, were set to strike from Friday of this week over pay.  Bosses offered the 120 Unite union workers a pay uplift of just 7.5 percent.

Workers have planned nine days of strikes which also includes Saturday of this week, Monday, Friday and Saturday of next week and 30 and 31 May and 1 and 2 June. The workers, employed by Lineside Logistics, are responsible for the engine and parts distribution network in Turkey and South Africa.

Huge St Mungo’s action is back on

Workers at the St Mungo’s homeless charity have put their strikes back on after they voted by 91 percent to reject the latest pay offer. Bosses had offered the 500 workers a 2.25 percent pay deal, and in response they are set to strike from 30 May until 26 June. 

Workers were due to strike for four weeks from the end of April but their Unite union called off the action to vote on the deal. But workers could have balloted while striking—it would have meant they’d be in an even stronger position to negotiate a better deal.

The fight for Paul Roberts begins 

Workers at GXO—a logistics firm—are set to strike indefinitely from Monday of next week after bosses sacked a Unite union rep. The Unite union members say the dismissal of Paul Roberts is on “trumped up charges”. The drivers are based at GXO’s Lockheed Road depot in Warrington.

Cleaning up at Conde Nast

Cleaners at the Conde Nast media firm are celebrating after their fight scored an 11 percent pay rise. The GMB members, who are outsourced to Samsic, have suffered poverty pay that is below the London Living Wage. After threatening to walk out, bosses have committed to a pay rise, backdated to April of this year, and a pay rise next year.

Hundreds could walk out in Glasgow

Over 400 Glasgow Airport workers are voting over whether to strike after rejecting pay offers from bosses. The workers are employed by five companies, Glasgow Airport Ltd, ICTS Central Search, OCS, AMB, and Falck Fire Services UK. The Unite union members undertake roles including cleaning, security, fire safety, operations officers and engineering technicians.

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