Brighton bin workers’ victory in sight

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Excerpt from The Socialist newspaper, October 20, 2021

Brighton Bin Strike, 2013. Photo: Brighton SP (Click to enlarge)

Joe Mott, Brighton Socialist Party

Brighton bin strikers have voted to accept a deal that “ticks all the boxes and more”, according to GMB branch secretary Mark Turner. Yet the union accused the Green Minority-led council of being union busting by hiring private contractors to clean up the town center on Saturday, although the council cited health and safety concerns as the reason. Anyway, the atmosphere is not friendly.

The leader of the Green Council has refused to meet the negotiating team so far, and the strikers have been branded ‘terrorists’ by a local Tory councillor.

The Green-led council is set to cut more than £10million from the budget this year as part of a continued bid for Tory austerity. This latest attack on the terms and conditions of garbage workers was clearly the board looking for ways to cut costs.

Two weeks of industrial action led to the council conceding and offering a pay rise to a thousand council workers, as well as scrapping cost-cutting plans to change driver routes. It shows what can be gained through union action. Workers voted to suspend the action with immediate effect so that the deal goes in full through the council’s policy and resources committee.

Central government funding for the Council has been strangled during ten years of austerity. Without a fight back to demand the resources the city needs, the council will increasingly find itself in a battle with workers fighting to defend their jobs and services.

The Greens and Labor have shown they are unwilling to stand up for the working class. Brighton Labor councilors have voted in favor of green budget cuts this year. Brighton needs a budget that meets the needs of the city, decided by the community and the unions.

We need councilors willing to vote against the cuts and campaign with local people to demand central government money. That is why we are preparing a popular meeting on the budget and we are preparing to stand in the local elections in May within the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition.

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In The Socialist of October 20, 2021:


News

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The Conservatives responsible for the crisis of general practitioners

Container delay carnage argues for socialist planning

Socialist nationalization not bailouts for the bosses


Workplace News

Unite Trade Union Policy Conference

University workers vote to strike

Unite and fight for 30,000 permanent DWP jobs

Gwent Valleys Stagecoach bus drivers strike for fair pay

Reinstate Gary Evans! Llanelli postal strike

Napo AGM 2021: the union placed on a war footing

Scunthorpe quits strike to pay


The citizens’ budget

People’s budgets – a socialist response to cruel cuts

Brighton bin workers’ victory in sight

Fighting to defend homelessness services

Ealing’s popular budget – the cuts can be resisted

Northampton People’s Budget – cuts and privatization are a failed strategy

Fighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool


fall of apartheid

The fall of apartheid in South Africa


Climate change

COP26: trade unions must fight for a socialist transition to renewable energies

Save the planet from capitalist climate catastrophe


International

Austria. Chancellor Kurz resigns amid corruption allegations


obituary

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Housing crisis: Conservatives and Labor are not on our side

Liverpool arms fair: Hundreds of protesters challenge police ‘dispersal zone’

Hackney Children’s Centers – more education cuts are devastating

The biggest protest yet to save Stratford Circus

Doncaster: Vigil condemns violence against women


Readers’ opinions

I am unemployed: for me, the vacancy crisis is a lie

TV Review: Squid Game


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