June 18, 2012 Leave a comment
Workers in ‘Dump-It’ recycling centres in Sheffield, employed by SOVA, have taken 15 days of strike action against cuts and job losses. The Dump-It sites have been contracted out by Sheffield City Council to Veolia, who have then subcontracted the service to SOVA, but as the service is self-funding both Veolia and SOVA are making healthy profits off the service. The workers have now voted to take indefinite strike action and require both moral and also especially financial support. Please send to Peter Davies (Sova Strike Fund), GMB office, 188/190 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1SY. Please make cheques payable to GMB. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
See below message of support from Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs & Education.
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
We have been following the progress of your dispute with Sova (and ultimately Veolia and Sheffield City Council) and wish you the best of luck in winning your dispute. Just like Cameron and co are trying to make young people work for free, so employers in the public and private sectors are trying to cut the pay, conditions and hours of those in employment. It is urgent that other workers follow your strident example in defending pay, terms and conditions and stop the race to the bottom that big business and the government seem to desire. Services such as the one you work in should be taken out of the hands of profit-mongering private companies and brought back into the public sector. Hard working ordinary people should not be made to pay for the crisis of the banks, rather big business and the rich should be paying to give us a decent standard of living rather than continually pocketing huge profits, bonuses and pay packets whilst unemployment, poverty and homelessness are on the increase.
A few years ago in Leeds, Youth Fight for Jobs supporters offered our support to bin workers in Leeds as they fought to defend their pay succesfully. We will be encouraging our supporters across Yorkshire to offer support and solidarity with your struggle.
Yorkshire Organiser, Youth Fight for Jobs and Education