Brighton & Hove Industrial Action Suspended After Agreement Reached

18-06-13(4)picBrighton’s bin strike has been called off after a mutual agreement was reached by disgruntled workers and council officers at a meeting last night (20 June).

As reported earlier this week, the strike was the result of a pay dispute between Brighton & Hove Council and the city’s bin men. The GMB Union, acting as representatives of the bin men, claimed that some staff could see their pay reduced by as much as £4,000 per year, although the council defend the changes by saying that it was part of a move to make the pay and allowances system “fair, clear and transparent” throughout all public services.

Mark Turner – “The proposal significantly reduces or in some cases eliminates the losses for individual staff members which arose under the previous offer, although there are still some areas that must be addressed.”

In a statement issued today by the council, they said: “The council is about half way through the consultation on an allowances system for staff across the council which is fair, consistent and affordable. Due to the scale of the disruption it will take some time to clear the backlog. We would ask that residents bear with us.”

GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said: “We have made significant progress over recent days. The proposal significantly reduces or in some cases eliminates the losses for individual staff members which arose under the previous offer, although there are still some areas that must be addressed.”

GMB have agreed to suspend industrial action for an initial 28 days in order to allow workers to be fully consulted on a new offer.

 

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