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Brighton bin men strikes postponed after negotiations with Council

The Brighton bin men strike has been temporarily suspended after a series of negotiations between Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) and the union GMB.

A BHCC spokesperson told MRW that Brighton’s streets are in good condition, because the bin men went back to work on Friday and worked all through the weekend after the industrial action was postponed for 28 days.

She added that the council also employed agency crews to pick up waste so that strong progress has been made in the city centre.

The strikes started on 14 June after Brighton’s street cleaning service reacted to pay cuts.

The action was postponed after the council proposed a service redesign, which will address the issue of the allowances currently paid to refuse and waste disposal staff, as well as benefiting residents of the city.

Crews are now collecting their usual rounds in the city. The council said it is not taking complaints for missed collections due to the backlog built up during the strikes.

Penny Thompson, BHCC chief executive said: “I am really pleased that already the Cityclean workforce are back and working hard and fast to clear up the city. We are more than half way through a consultation period on an allowances system for staff across the council which is fair, consistent and affordable. We are aiming for an October implementation. Talks are continuing with both unions to this end.”

Mark Turner, GMB branch secretary said: “We have made significant progress over recent days. The proposal significantly reduces or in some cases eliminates the losses for individual staff members which arose under the previous offer, however, there are still some areas that must be addressed. I will be continuing to meet with the Council regarding these aspects of the proposal.”

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