Despite all the start-and-stop action, setbacks and limited victories, it is doubtless the case that there is a growing militant mood amongst refuse workers, which Sharon Graham’s new leadership and its organising drive on the bins has built on.
Refuse workers employed by Urbaser at Welwyn Garden City have shown the way to deal with bullying bosses.
Unite’s organising drive across the industry is spilling over into other unions, inspiring refuse workers in the GMB in particular to join the struggle.
HGV drivers striking against Coventry City Council since 31 January remain determined as ever, while the city’s Labour councillors continue strike-breaking tactics.
Caterpillar workers at two sites in Northern Ireland have just completed four days of strike action, 11-15 April, with more planned.
Coventry’s refuse drivers have voted 94% in favour of continuing their strike as Coventry Labour councillors are suspended from Unite.
The fight by bus workers for better pay and conditions continues across the country.
Unite is running a campaign amongst members working in the bus industry throughout Britain.
As the year ends, we reflect on major global political and economic trends and prepare ourselves for the struggles ahead.
From protests to the referendum and beyond.