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Brighton refuse workers call strike

Issue No. 2356

Brighton and Hove refuse workers have announced a week long strike over pay and conditions.

Some 96 percent of the workers in the GMB union voted in favour of the strike against plans to cut their take home pay.

Workers have formed a strike committee. This decided that action will begin with a week-long strike from Friday 14 June.

Mark Turner, GMB branch secretary, said, “The vote in favour of industrial action clearly shows that the workforce are determined to fight these unfair cuts.

“Cityclean employees have delivered over £7.5 million of efficiency savings In return they have been rewarded with three years of pay freezes and now the council is seeking to implement cuts to their take home pay of up to £4,000 a head.

“Having stood on a platform of fighting austerity and defending workers’ rights, the Green Party should now be ashamed that their leader, Jason Kitcat, is seeking to slash and burn the terms and conditions of some of the lowest paid staff in the council.

“Whilst our members do not take strike action lightly, they have no option but to defend themselves from these savage cuts.

“At a meeting of the workforce this morning, they have asked me to thank the public for the overwhelming support they have received, with over 1,500 residents signing petition on our website and posters in support appearing in windows throughout the city.”


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Fri 7 Jun 2013, 13:58 BST
Issue No. 2356
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