Coventry council – UNITE HGV drivers’ strike

11am Tuesday 3rd May from 1 Friargate CV1 2FL to the Council House.

Join Coventry HGV drivers as they march through Coventry to demand dignity, fairness and respect from their employers at Coventry City Council.

Let’s show this Labour council we are not backing down until they #PayTheRate.

73 HGV drivers from street sweeping, highways, household and commercial waste, have been on strike since the start of the year after pay talks with the employer stalled and a 98.5% vote for strike action was taken.

Coventry HGV drivers are asking for is a reasonable pay rise to achieve the market rate for the job.

• Most of them would get less than a £20 per week increase this year to resolve the dispute.

• They are paid less than drivers employed by other Councils, like Birmingham

.• They are also paid less than many local lorry drivers despite having the same HGV skills.

What has the council done? The Council has refused to negotiate in good faith, has spread false information and wasted tax-payers money;

• The Council have made out that bin drivers are paid tens of thousands of pounds per year more than they are. 

• They have spent £2.8 million of tax-payers money trying to break a strike that would cost less than £300,000 to resolve.

https://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigns/back-coventry-s-bin-workers/

Coventry Council has suspended shop steward Pete Randle, 11,500-strong petition by UNITE was handed to council to reinstate https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/reverse-your-immoral-decision-to-suspend-unite-lead-rep-pete-randle

email Coventry Council’s leader Councillor George Duggins: the ball is now in his court to settle the Coventry bin strike https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/tell-coventry-council-s-leader-the-ball-is-now-in-his-court-to-settle-the-coventry-bin-strike

They are paid between £11/hr and £14.40/hr and are seeking a regrade due to inadequate job description and that the market rate is double their pay. Morale is high and the strike continues.

The Labour council is spending £millions, bringing drivers to cover the strikers work and at significantly higher rates.

+++ Please donate to the strike fund +++ Coventry council’s HGV workers are out on strike. Please send solidarity and donate to the strike fund in order to help the strikers not be starved back to work. 

  • Unite WM/7116 Coventry Local Government Branch
  • Account number: 2030 2665
  • Sort code: 608 301

organised by UNITE with support from Midlands TUC. About 25 Coventry Labour councillors are UNITE members. During yesterday’s rally, General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “And I now speak directly to you, Unite Labour councillors of Coventry and the council leader. Today I put you on notice, that you will today receive your suspension letters from Unite.”

Speakers included:
Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary
Annmarie Kilcline, Unite regional secretary
Tony Woodhouse, Unite
Lee Barron, TUC Midlands
Haydn Jones, striking worker (convenor)
Jane Nellist, Coventry Trades Council
Jayne Taylor, Unite

see https://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigns/back-coventry-s-bin-workers/

and https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2022/february/unite-demolishes-coventry-council-claims-about-refuse-drivers-pay/

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/covbinstrike

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3181948392078324

Haydn Jones UNITE Convenor for HGV drivers at Coventry council spoke at our February meeting.

Wolverhampton TUC AGREED £100 DONATION AND URGED AFFILIATED BRANCHES TO GIVE SUPPORT.

UNITE WM6150 headed the call and subsequently made a £7,300 donation.

There was a march and rally on Tuesday 22nd February from the picket line to Coventry Council House with Barry Gardiner MP speaking.