Kirklees Unison launches second day of strike action after disrupting bin collections in Huddersfield
TRADE unionists are on strike again in Huddersfield today, 24 hours after disrupting bin collections in the town.
Some 435 admin staff are taking three days of industrial action this week in protest at proposed compulsory redundancies and pay cuts.
The Kirklees Council business support workers picketed the refuse collection depot at Vine Street in Hillhouse from early yesterday morning, asking non-striking binmen not to cross their line.
Kirklees Unison branch secretary Paul Holmes was happy with the response from other workers which disrupted bin collections throughout the day.
“As far as I’m aware nobody crossed the picket line at Vine Street from 5am,” he said.
“I’m happy that members of Unison and other people showed their support for ordinary working people.”
Around 60 of the striking workers took part in yesterday’s pickets at three sites – Vine Street depot, the Highways and Building Services headquarters at Flint Street in Fartown and the Kirklees Design and Property Service in Kirkgate Buildings at Byram Street.
“The atmosphere on the picket lines was really buoyant because our members believe it’s time to make a stand,” said Mr Holmes.
The Examiner understands that bin collections will be back to normal today as the striking staff move to other council buildings to protest.
Pickets are expected this morning outside Civic Centre 1 and Civic Centre 3. The move could mean that road safety classes for drivers who have been convicted of motoring offences could be cancelled today.