As many people now know their are some ongoing industrial issues over at the Corporation of Hamilton which has forced the workers there to down tools last week, and again yesterday – and this time indefinetely.
There are a series of issues, concerning management practices and general disrespect, to date that have contributed to the situation there. The ‘straw that broke the camels backl’ would appear to have been a switch to direct bank deposit wage payments. This in itself is not neccessarily a bad thing, but there are issues around it, and the arrogance of the Corporation was ably demonstrated by their failure to ensure that all workers would get paid, resulting in several workers not being compensated for their labour. This was the spark for the action last Monday.
The spark for this weeks actions seem to be the retalitory firing of two workers involved in the unrest last week, despite the CoH giving a public committment to act in good faith, something they very clearly have not in these actions.
I have not been able to communicate directly with the CoH Workers Council and their JCC, but once I do I will do my best to present their position more clearly than the filter of the media to date has.
The struggle of any worker is the struggle of all workers, and all workers should seek to better understand the situation currently unfolding in the CoH, and investigate ways with which they can offer solidarity, even if it is as small a thing as bringing a hot cup of soup to the striking workers, or as big a thing as calling for, and executing sympathy strikes in other sectors.
It appears the two workers have been reinstated; industrial action however is set to continue until all concerns are addressed and the CoH has sufficiently learnt its lesson on the price of arrogance.