The Green led council in Brighton and Hove has voted to hand over negotiations on council workers’ pay and conditions to senior officers. As a result, CityClean workers, who are responsible for the Brighton and Hove’s refuse management and street cleaning, have been ‘offered’ pay cuts of up to £4,000. Unsurprisingly the GMB union has voted to strike against these pay cuts.
These workers are already modestly paid and conduct vital, difficult work to the benefit of the entire community. It is entirely unfair that such workers, who are conducting a valued public service for minimal remuneration, should be forced to take such pay cuts. These are valued workers, doing difficult work, for the entire community and need to be treated with the respect they deserve.
Due to the council’s poor decision making, vital public workers have been forced to take industrial action, supported widely by the community, in order to defend their livelihoods. Not only is this unacceptable, but further, we would expect a Green led council to have greater respect for the environment, let alone their workers, than to allow a vital service such as refuse management fall into such disarray.
Show your support GMB CityClean workers in their demand for fair pay.
Protect the local environment from Brighton and Hove City Council’s irresponsibility.
Sign this petition to support CityClean’s strike and demands, and let the Council know they have acted unacceptably.
Further, you have shown utter disrespect to the local environment in forcing these workers to go on strike in fear of their livelihoods and as such leaving the streets of Brighton and Hove strewn with rubbish. As a Green led council, this lack of respect for the local environment is appalling.
As such, we petition you to end this strike and to withdraw the threat of pay cuts to CityClean workers.