10 May 2013
GMB members working in the Cityclean Department of Brighton & Hove City Council are to be balloted for industrial action over plans to make huge cuts to their take home pay which are being proposed by the Council’s Green Party administration.
The decision to ballot follows months of fruitless negotiation with Council officers following a decision by the Green Party leader of the Council, Jason Kitcat, to delegate responsibility for implementing the cuts to Council officers.
Official notice of the ballot will be received by the Council next week and then an independent ballot will be undertaken by the Electoral Reform Society in the following weeks. If members vote in support of action then there could be a stoppage as early as next month.
Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser said
‘GMB members at Cityclean have said enough is enough. They cannot and will not accept these viscous cuts to their take home pay. It is now abundantly clear that the Green Party leader of the Council, Jason Kitcat, is in an untenable position and that he has brought his Party into disrepute.
Thousands of people across the country have signed a petition against the cuts, including many Green Party members who say they are disgusted by Cllr Kitcat’s actions. They have been joined by the Green Party’s only MP, Caroline Lucas, who says she will actively campaign against any cuts and Green Party Councillors, who are now calling for Kitcat to resign.
While GMB does not take strike action lightly we now have no faith in Cllr Kitcat or his proposals. The workforce at Cityclean are well used to such attacks and I have no doubt both that they will vote in favour of action and that they will be prepared to take it.
If you support the cityclean workers please follow them on twitter @gmbcityclean. You can also sign our petition against the cuts below:
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For Further information contact Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary on 07860 787973, Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser 07710 618 908 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042