Far more than it would have cost to just settle dispute, says Parliamentary candidate
The scab Labour-right controlled Coventry Council has spent more than £3 million in just seven weeks trying to break the strike by low-paid bin workers facing pay cuts of £1-2,000 a year, according to the former Labour MP who is standing against the party in the by-election triggered by the death of Jack Dromey.
Dave Nellist, who was expelled by Labour under Neil Kinnock’s purge of left-wingers in the early 1990s, told viewers of Not the Andrew Marr Show the details of the council’s reckless and profligate spending on ‘scab’ contractors to try to break the resistance of its workforce:
When a council uses scabs, let alone spending more to break a strike than it would cost to settle the dispute, it is unfit to present itself as a Labour Council.
Nellist is standing in the Birmingham Erdington by-election only twenty miles or so from Coventry centre but spent many years as a Coventry councillor.
Residents of Birmingham saw similar behaviour from their city’s ‘Labour’ council, which tried to cut the wages of bin workers among its poorest paid employees. The workers won that dispute after revelations that the council had agreed on a deal and then reneged on it.
Last week Keir starmer caused justified outrage when he sneered at the idea that any industrial dispute in Coventry was relevant0 to relations between Labour and the unions, demonstrating contempt for a working-class city and its people.
The party’s treatment of the most vulnerable workers again exposes the poisonous reality of the so-called ‘Labour’ right and Erdington voters would do well to send the clearest possible message to Keir Starmer that they are not fooled by the colour of a rosette and want real change, left policies and socialist principles.
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