12 September 2014
The council should come back to us quickly and to this time look seriously at settling this long on-going outstanding dispute for good says GMB.
GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove Cityclean as refuse and recycling drivers have voted to take industrial action over employer’s failure to adhere to agreements on pay and allowances.
Action will consist of both continuous action short of strike action commencing from Fri 12th Sept and will involve for example a ban on overtime, and non-collection of side waste, together with an initial one day of strike action on Monday Sept 15th.
The dispute has come about through the Council’s failure to honour agreements over pay and allowances, the failure to consult meaningfully over new working practices and long standing issues over round allocation and distribution. This is compounded by further issues around over similar work not attracting equal pay within the Council and drivers being unfairly harassed and removed from rounds outside of Council policy and procedures.
It had been agreed that to allow the then on-going talks to progress, both sides would agree to a pause in public statements whilst a mutually agreed settlement was sort. Unfortunately talks now have broken down. GMB notified the council on 5th Sept that there was a 89.7% vote in favour of strike action and 96.4% in favour of action short of a strike action, will be commencing industrial action.
Mark Turner, GMB Branch secretary, said “The council’s continuing filibustering on issues which could have been settled if management really wanted to, has resulted in our members having no other option than to vote as they have.
We’ve tried everything possible to come to an agreement and of course the GMB are always happy for the Council to come back to us, even at this late stage, with something to put on the table. The problem we have now is that members are so aggrieved with the situation and time wasting that they feel that they have no option but to take industrial action to be listened to and to get what’s fair and right.
Unfortunately the people of Brighton and Hove will see the service affected potentially for weeks or even months to come as both the continuous part of action short of strike begins to have a long term accumulative effect on the service in the city, on top of the consequence, which I’m sure residents are well aware, of any initial day of industrial action and the further potentially damage to collections following any further added dates.
The council should come back to us quickly and to this time look seriously at settling this long ongoing outstanding dispute for good.”
Contact Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860 787973 Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552165950, or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977 518042 or GMB press office 07921 28