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Brighton bin workers vote to continue occupation

by Phil Mellows
Issue No. 2352

Workers at the meeting this morning

Workers at the meeting this morning (Pic: @gmbcityclean)


Brighton’s striking bin workers and street sweepers unanimously agreed to stay in occupation, at their mass meeting this morning, Thursday. 

The workers in the GMB union say they will occupy until the council confirms in writing that it will review its plan to ditch allowances. This cut would leave many workers £4,000 a year worse off.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas addressed the meeting. It is the minority Green council that is imposing the cuts.

The council website states, “There was no refuse recycling or street cleansing service yesterday as a result of unofficial industrial action by our workforce in relation discussions.”

The council has already retreated—it has extended the consultation period another 90 days. The task of the occupation is to make sure it doesn't come back with the same “offer”. Even as it stands this means the cuts cannot be implemented by the planned date of 1 October.

Unison workers at the council have also rejected the offer. Last night the local trades council gave its full support to the bin workers. This includes mobilising for a blockade of the depot, should threatened scabbing materialise, and a demo at the next full council meeting.

Send messages of support to mark.turner@brighton-hove.gov.uk and hollysmither@hotmail.co.uk
Follow developments on Twitter: @gmbcityclean

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