Late summer has seen a mini-wave of industrial unrest, with bin workers in Edinburgh undermined by scab labour from Liverpool. (And also strike action in Leeds) Now the crap's piling up at the other side of the street, as Liverpool's council cleaners go out on strike and have called for a phone and email blockade of scab employment agency Assist-Streetcare on Tuesday 15th September.
It's a fight that councils are waging across boundaries; so a bit of solidarity action from Edinburgh would no doubt be welcome.
Workers in Liverpool say:
Six hundred refuse collectors, street cleaners, recycling and highways staff employed by Liverpool City Council are on strike to protect wages and conditions. A series of rolling strikes, overtime bans and a work to rule have not been enough to stop the council using strike-breaking scabs.
Assist-Streetcare, who already have a number of juicy contracts, have been supplying workers to Enterprise Liverpool to break the strike. These workers are been told specifically that they will have to cross picket lines.
Assist-Streetcare need to understand that although they may be able to find some people desperate enough for work to scab, there are many more of us who won't let them get away with it. Assist-Streetcare need to understand that if they disrupt a strike, we will disrupt their business.
Join us on Tuesday 15th September 9am to 2pm for a picket, phone and email blockade of Assist-Streetcare Liverpool
How to join the action: Picket Join us at any time in the day of Tuesday 15th September outside Streetcare's Liverpool offices. Stay for ten minutes or stay all day, your support would be appreciated. The address is: Assist House Bridle Way Aintree Liverpool Merseyside L30 4UA Map here (http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=L304UE&countryCode=GB). Just a short walk from Aintree train station. Bring banners placards, and whatever else takes your fancy.
Phone and Email Blockade
From 9am to 5pm we'd like as many people as possible to contact Streetcare Liverpool as many times as they are able to. We want people to demand two things:
Please spread these phone numbers and email addresses as widely as you can. In recent disputes in Sheffield and Scotland it has proved possible to overload and shut down phone switchboard and email systems using this tactic.
- Streetcare should not supply any extra staff to Enterprise Liverpool during this dispute.
- Streetcare should not to require any of their staff to cross picket lines.
0845 600 8376 – Liverpool office general contact.
0151 525 0066 – Liverpool office direct.
0151 524 3083 – Fax number. firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to write your own email, but keep it polite, or cut and paste this statement and send it on:
The ongoing industrial action by workers at Enterprise Liverpool is an important fight to protect wages and conditions. Assist-Streetcare's actions in supplying scab workers not only threaten workers in this dispute, but all of us at a time when wages and conditions are under attack in many different workplaces. In support of the striking workers I would ask Assist-Streetcare:
Not to supply any extra staff to Enterprise Liverpool during this dispute.
Not to require any of your workers to cross picket lines.
Thank you very much.
Contacting the Picket
Email us on streetcarepicket [AT] hotmail.co.uk with any questions. Thankyou for your support.