Scabstopping - Edinburgh residents stand up for their binworkers

WCR scab lorry blockaded in Edinburgh's Old Town by demonstrators displaying IWW Union placards urging solidarity with the Council bin workers.WCR scab lorry blockaded in Edinburgh's Old Town by demonstrators displaying IWW Union placards urging solidarity with the Council bin workers.

People acting in solidarity with Council Cleansing workers blockaded a WCR scab lorry for 30 minutes in the city centre on 18th September. Waving placards such as NO MORE WAGE CUTS around 25 people held the lorry at the top of Blair Street, as it moved out of Hunter Square.

The scabs were unable to move their lorry or do any work, as protestors surrounded the vehicle and urged them to show solidarity with workers resisting wage cuts. Despite frantic scab phone calls it was only when the police arrived that the WCR lorry was able to escape.

Scabspotting tips

Throughout the city centre and other areas, watch for small lorries with a white cab marked WCR, and a maroon cage on the back. Also full size bin lorries, maroon or dark blue, with WCR on the side. Some Shanks Waste lorries are also scabbing.

No arrests were made. One demonstrator said: “We are very encouraged by the success of our action today. We will definitely be back on the streets very soon to take more direct action in solidarity with the Council workers under attack.

“We explained to the workers who were scabbing that what they were doing was wrong and that in these hard times people have to stick together and not stab each other in the back… fighting for the crumbs from the rich man's table,”  added one of the several IWW Union members involved.

The 3 workers in the lorry are believed to have been enlisted by the private agency Assist, which has been recruiting via St Andrews Square Job Centre.   One claimed to have been forced to take the job by the Job Centre, but an activist from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty pointed out: “Your benefits cannot legally be cut if you turn down a job doing work normally done by workers in dispute. We will give 100% solidarity, including if need be direct action, to anyone threatened with a benefits cut for refusing a scab job.”