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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The Socialist October 20, 2021 |
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