Solidarity with Bexley bin workers

August 23, 2021

Our branch voted unanimously at the August branch meeting to send £100 to support the striking refuse workers in Bexley who are taking on ruthless contractor Secro.

The Unite members have been out on strike for over 6 weeks in a dispute about pay and conditions.

Some of the refuse workers are paid below the London Living Wage and due to what the union claims is a lack of health and safety measures from the employer, workers have suffered serious workplace injuries.

Bexley Council has sided with Serco which made around £160m in profit last year from its Covid contracts and disastrous track and trace app.

NUJ PR and Comms branch chair, John Millington said: “After hearing of the appalling treatment of fellow trade unionists in Bexley by Secro, the branch was moved to make this solidarity payment.

“Secro’s record as a contractor in Bexley is shameful and the obscene profits they have made out of the Covid pandemic underlines the importance of workers, regardless of what industry they work in, showing solidarity when they are struggling for better pay and conditions.”

A benefit event was held in South London a few days after the unanimous vote and the NUJ PR and Comms branch was represented.

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