The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition salutes the hard fought victory of Birmingham’s bin workers.
Birmingham council have backed down on the eve of a High Court hearing to determine whether their 106 threatened redundancies were lawful.
Under pressure from Unite the Union’s bin workers the council have agreed to withdraw the redundancies and give the affected workers new job titles and duties while maintaining their current grade, pay and conditions.
It proves that if you fight you can win. If you don’t, defeat is guaranteed.
This dispute has exposed the sorry role of Blairite Labour councillors who, from day one of the banker-induced financial crisis, have slavishly carried out every cut demanded by the Tories.
With a handful of exceptions 6000 Labour Councillors have refused to fight Tory cuts, and instead have imposed draconic cuts on the very people who rely on Labour to protect them.
The question has to be posed: should right wing councillors who have hijacked the name ‘Labour’ and do the bidding of the Tories and who spent over £6million of public money to try and break the strike, be given a free ride in future elections?
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition says NO.
The battle to drive Blairite councillors from the Labour Party must continue. In the 2018 May elections many bin workers will be up for challenging Labour councillors whose strike-breaking tactics have dragged the term ‘Labour’ in the mud.
These councillors act as though Jeremy Corbyn ws never elected leader on an anti-austerity platform. Challenging them would be not be opposing Jeremy Corbyn. It is they who oppose everything Corbyn stands for.
It’s time they were held to account.