Videos – Jacqui Kennedy & ITN reports of birmingham bin strike

Birmingham City Council, a Labour run Council is implementing these cuts. Well paid lackeys (managers) like Jacqui Kennedy who can earn between £97,000-£120,000 p/a are attempting to cut the wages of the bin men by £4,000-£6,000p/a. She does this because she is paid to do it. She is a mercenary and a class enemy.

The Council and its puppets like Jacqui are also trying to extend the four day working week to five days, increase the workload and squeeze every last drop of blood and sweat from the workers. They are instructed, aided and abetted by the Labour Party Councillors like Cabinet member for Clean Streets Lisa Trickett who gets a minimum of £41,000p/a in “allowances”. Lisa is in the Labour Party and heads the attacks on the bin men. She’s a shrewd politician who in her role as Cabinet member for Clean Streets has caused the biggest industrial dispute for years resulting in piles of stinking rubbish adorning the streets of Birmingham.

To see Jacqui Kennedy put the case for Birmingham city council before she buggered off on holiday leaving Birmingham in a stinking mess, check out the video from the Cabinet office meeting here:

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Here’s an ITN report from Friday giving some limited voice to the bin men themselves:

Bin Dispute

Council scraps recycling & announces new plan to collect your rubbish every three weeks

Good turnouts again at both Lifford Lane and Redfern Road this morning, our bin men are holding firm despite the attempts by Labour Councillors and biased journalists to turn the public mood against them.

Councillor Clancy is now promising a new approach to rubbish collections that will make a “significant difference” effecively admiting that his attempts last week were a complete failure. The Mail reports that,

“Now the council is implementing clean ups ward-by-ward, aiming to clear up an area before moving on to the next. But even then it could take days to clear the total backlog built up since industrial action began at the end of June.

Speaking before a council watchdog committee Cllr Clancy (Lab, Quinton) said: “Ward by ward people will notice their recycling and refuse being cleared. People are going to notice a significant difference over the next week.””

Clancy’s plan is aimed to keep his own voters happy. Quinton (Clancy’s neck of the woods) benefitted already this week from this “new approach” and Perry Barr men will drive passed Handsworth tomorrow which has not been collected for four weeks and head out to leafy Sutton Coldfield instead.

All the scheming and attempts at strike breaking will not save Clancy in the end. His great plan is doomed to fail. Based on a ward to ward round, taking into account the planned industrial action, most residents will now be lucky if they see a bin man once every three weeks! Public pressure on the Council will increase and the workers resolve shows no sign of breaking.

The Council is so desperate to clear some of the mess that they are now binning everything they can get their hands on, regardless of the fact that whatever cannot be incinerated will go to landfill and poison the environment. All of this will incur extra charges. It seems the Council can find no end of money when it is to be used against the workers. Labour, Tory same old story.

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Birmingham Mail #fakenews

The Birmingham Mail indulges in yet more biased journalism today when it provides naff mobile footage as proof of bin men doing “something” wrong, although they’re not sure what! No proper reporting of the law breaking by the Council who are using scab labour, no proper reporting of the real issues at stake, no reporters on any picket line since Day 1!!

Mr Bowater “the complainant” is the classic #fakenews resident. He “used to support the bin men but that support is now waning”. In all liklihood he’s probably always hated the bin men but that wouldn’t sound very impartial.

His footage shows very little, bin men collecting some rubbish but not everything – SHOCK. Thats been going on for weeks. How is that news?!

The Mail luckily has a nice photo of him taken at the Birmingham Post Business Awards, that doesn’t smell fishy does it? A free dinner provided by the newspaper and some naff cheap champagne and some would people will sell their soul. Come on Birmingham Mail, this resident isn’t exactly your regular bloke is he? For one thing he obviously sits home all day with his phone at the ready so he can film bin men. And he can’t even do that very well!

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Bin strike scab wagons cost taxpayers £1,000 each a day

Bham MailAccording to the city council and their spin doctor journalists at the Birmingham Mail, this weekend saw a staggering 52 phantom bin lorries clearing up rubbish and collecting bags. Our spotters saw bin lorries out this weekend, but nowhere near the 52 claimed. In Balsall Heath they drove up major roads like Edward Road but cleared next to nothing.

According to one agency worker who went out on Saturday, three wagons left Perry Barr Saturday morning, two were back in the depot by 2pm, having been instructed by management to break collection rules and clear up “everything” they saw – making a mockery of the Council’s own recycling program. With a handful out at Perry Barr it is believed that Lifford Lane was locked down and we think the number which left from Tyseley was insignificant – probably similar to the four scab crews which go out during the week stabbing their colleagues in the back on a daily basis.

And despite the best efforts of the Tory and Labour union haters & journalists, even the Birmingham Mail’s own comments section has started to queston the lies emanating from Neil Elkes and his city council sources. Their own report notes:

“Scott Stephens @albion585 tweeted: “52? They all done the same Street. Nobody I know has seen them. #embarrassing”

While Mark Gardner @sparkyb28 tweeted: “Nope, no waste or recycling crews in Hall Green B28, maybe should use virtual reality googles to see them.”

@MrT_CompSci described the council’s announcement as #fakenews and demanded photographic evidence.”Read the Source here.

Whats all this costing taxpayers?

The contracting lorries brought in by the Council are reputedly costing the taxpayers £1,000 per wagon per day. Speaking to the men who worked would suggest the number of wagons in use at the weekend was nearer to 20, but if the Council paid all these ghosts and apparitions to work then the cost to taxpayers from this weekend alone would have been £52,000+! And what, the taxpayer may ask, would be the cost of keeping the Grade 3’s – it is thought to be a paltry £330k per year!

So why are the bin men under such sustained attack?

Its clear that Stella Manzie, with the full backing of the local Labour Party is determined to beat the trade unions and break Unite. Why? It is becasue she is motivated by class hatred, a disdain for workers and the conditions of the poor and ordinary men and women. It is because she is a vile servent of capitalism, a person who would pimp their family for money, stoop to any infamy and villainy for Capital. Creatures like Manzie, Kennedy, Trickett worship money not people. If Trickett has visited a picket line in the past it was to advance her own career, it was out of self-interest, she has no common cause with working people. They all hope to break the bin men so that they can get on and break other Council workers. All the Grad 3’s will come under attack, one at a time. That is why the bin man’s fight is OUR fight!

The bin men have not had any significant support from any section of the labour movement or “left” other than the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist). On the one side stands the ruling class and their bosses and hired flunkey’s, on the other stands the workers. The CPGB-ML stands with the workers.

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What is a scab?

what is a scab

**Jack London was an American socialist. He wrote this poem giving his thoughts on scabs. The full poem is below:

“Ode To A Scab by Jack London

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a waterlogged brain, and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out. No man has a right to scab as long as there is a pool of water deep enough to drown his body in, or a rope long enough to hang his carcass with. Judas Iscariot was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his Master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab hasn’t.

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas Iscariot sold his savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British Army. The modern strikebreaker sells his birthright, his country, his wife, his children, and his fellow men for an unfulfilled promise from his employer, trust, or corporation.”