Socialist Worker

Brighton refuse workers march from occupation to town hall

by Alan Kenny
Issue No. 2352

On the march through Brighton

On the march through Brighton (Pic: Alan Kenny)


Around 250 CityClean workers who have been occupying their depot marched from Churchill Square to Brighton Town Hall this afternoon, Thursday, chanting "Kitcat out!"

Jason Kitcat the Green Party leader of Brighton and Hove Council came out of the town hall to address the workers but could not be heard for chanting and booing.

Workers confront council leader Jason Kitcat

Workers confront council leader Jason Kitcat (Pic: Alan Kenny)


Green councillor Phelim McCafferty then addressed the crowd to state that two thirds of the local Green Party had voted against the cuts.

This morning local Green MP, Caroline Lucas attended the Hollingdean Road depot occupation to express her solidarity.

The council have made no further offer to the 300 plus workers.

At the final mass meeting at the depot on the second day of the sit-in workers in the GMB union voted unanimously to return to work at 7am tomorrow morning, Friday 10 May. Sources say workers will begin a work to rule.

The street sweepers, dustbin workers, litter pickers and recycling workers also unanimously voted to begin preparations for an industrial action ballot.

The CityClean workers face a pay cut of up to £4,000.

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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