Sheffield protesters back recycling strikers

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ANGRY strike backers staged a protest outside a Sheffield business and accused staff of crossing picket lines at the city’s dump-it sites.

The protesters were supporting Sova Recycling workers, who walked out last Saturday on an indefinite strike, because of a row over reduced opening hours and job losses,

Yesterday around ten supporters of the industrial action protested outside MHH Contracting Ltd in Carlisle Street East, Brightside.

The firm has been accused of breaking the strike by using its lorries to empty skips at the city’s waste recycling centres.

The strikers themselves, who are members of the GMB union, did not attend the protest because of laws which make secondary picketing illegal.

Alistair Trice who is supporting the strike, said: “There were about ten protesters.

“We had a lot of support from passing motorists beeping their horns and we marched into the premises and confronted the owner of MHH.

“We presented him with a letter and spent about ten minutes explaining the dispute to him.

“We told him his drivers were essentially acting as scabs, which was putting them in a difficult position.

“We are pleased with how it went and we also spoke to three drivers and explained the position to them.”

The 23 striking workers are employed by Sova Recycling on behalf of Veolia which runs the dumps for Sheffield Council.

They are angry at plans to reduce the opening hours at the city’s five waste recycling centres which could result in seven job losses.

A spokesman for MHH said: “We are supporting Veolia to allow the Household Waste Recycling Centres to continue accepting waste from the residents of Sheffield.”

Meanwhile three of the five dump-it sites remain closed.

Beighton, Deepcar and High Green are all closed to the public until further notice.

However, the tips at Blackstock Road, Gleadless and Douglas Road, Shirecliffe, are open.

n See www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk for updates.

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