9 May 2013
Brighton bin workers occupation, day 2…send solidarity now!
Bin workers and street sweepers in Brighton are refusing to work and have occupied their canteen for the second day running.
The workers are refusing to work in protest at plans by Green Party-led Brighton & Hove Council to introduce a new system of allowances. Many workers will face a £4,000-a-year pay cut. Those refusing the new deal have been threatened with the sack.
The GMB members at the depot say they’ll continue action until council leader Jason Kitcat agrees to meet them. The action is a brilliant example of how to hit back hard against attacks.
The GMB are set to ballot but it’s great that workers haven’t waited for the drawn out process, they’ve used their power to resist straight away. The local Green Party and the Green MP Caroline Lucas have now spoken out against the threat to workers pay.
The council took back the running of the refuse service a few years ago after a strike forced private contractor SITA to exit.