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GMB have announced there will be no further industrial action in the Brighton Cityclean dispute following a significantly revised offer from the Council which has been accepted by members.

The dispute, which centred around proposed pay cuts of up to £4000 a head for staff within the city’s refuse, recycling and street cleansing departments led to a week long strike. Negotiations took place which led to a proposal to redesign the service which prevented pay losses for staff.

Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary said:

“These negotiations have been both difficult and complex, but the resolute support and solidarity of GMB members have shown during this dispute, to protect their pay, has resulted in the current improved council offer being one which the membership were able to accept.

“The GMB’s notification of the withdrawal of the threat of any further industrial action will of course be subject to the agreement being formally signed by both sides.”

Achieved dispute page below:

GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove City Council are facing massive cuts to their take-home pay following Green Party & Conservative plans to alter their terms and conditions.

At a meeting of Brighton’s Policy and Resources Committee on 24th January 2013, Green and Conservative Councillors forced through a measure* which authorised Council officers  to implement a ‘modernised pay and conditions package’. Labour Councillors voted against the proposals.

Since then Council officers have been in negotiations over the proposals with the recognised trade unions. At a meeting that took place on 29 April 2013 the Council made what they described as a ‘final offer’ which still included pay cuts of up to £95 a week for some of the lowest paid staff.

As a result GMB announced launched an industrial action ballot, and members have voted overwhelmingly to take all out strike action.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR MEMBERS IN DISPUTE

+ Sign our petition at www.gmb-southern.org.uk/bhcc or at the bottom of this page

+ Make a donation the the Union’s regional strike fund, which is used to support members in dispute across the region




+ If you live in Brighton, please print off a poster for your window, to show your support with for our members in dispute

Support Cityclean Workers Poster (1.2 MiB, 1242 downloads)

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Mark Turner, Branch Secretary GMB Sussex Branch said:

‘These proposals could lead to cuts of up to £4000 per annum for low paid workers. This strategy that the Green and Conservative groups are embarking on is unprecedented in Brighton with the potential of dismissing staff and re-engaging them on revised terms and conditions. This has never been done within Brighton & Hove City Council or its predecessors.

To make matters worse, the leader of the Council has decided to delegate responsibility for delivering these changes to Council officers. This is shirking his responsibility and putting officers in the firing line to deliver his bad news. We would have expected this sort of behaviour some other political parties however the greens are now showing their true colours.’

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For more information contact Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary on 07860 787973, Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser for Sussex on 07977518042 or Rob Macey GMB Senior Organiser for Legal, Political and Campaigns on 07710 618 908.

* A copy of the proposal agreed by Green and Conservatives Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council can be downloaded below:

Pay Modernisation (88.2 KiB, 678 downloads)