Cleaner drivers in Brighton are today beginning industrial action over pay. From today the GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove Cityclean as refuse and recycling drivers will stop working overtime, and on Monday they will take strike action afte …

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GMB Brighton cleaners strikeCleaner drivers in Brighton are today beginning industrial action over pay.

From today the GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove Cityclean as refuse and recycling drivers will stop working overtime, and on Monday they will take strike action after talks broke down yesterday.

The union says 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.

GMB branch secretary Mark Turner saidThe 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.”


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