Brighton workers’ bin victory in sight
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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 voted to accept a deal that “ticks all the boxes, and more,” according to GMB branch secretary Mark Turner. Still, the union accused the green minority-led council of dismantling the unions by hiring private contractors to clean up the city center on Saturday, although the council cited health and safety concerns as the reason. Either way, the atmosphere is not friendly.
The head of the Green Council has refused to meet with the negotiating team so far, and the strikers have been labeled “terrorists” by a local conservative adviser.
The Green-led council is set to cut more than Â£ 10million from the budget this year as part of its continued submission to Tory austerity. This latest attack on the terms and conditions of the garbage workers was clearly the advice looking for ways to cut costs.
Two weeks of union action allowed the city council to grant and offer a pay rise to a thousand city workers, as well as abandon savings plans to change the routes of drivers. This shows what can be won by union action. Workers voted to suspend the action with immediate effect so that the agreement can be passed in its entirety by the council’s policy and resources committee.
Central government funding for the Council has been strangled during ten years of austerity. Without retaliation to demand the necessary resources from the city, the council will increasingly find itself in a battle with workers fighting to defend their jobs and services.
The Greens and Labor have shown that they are unwilling to defend the working class. Brighton Labor advisers voted for the Greens’ 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 who are ready to vote against the cuts and campaign with the local population to demand money from the central government. That is why we are preparing a people’s budget meeting and we are preparing to run for the local elections in May within the framework of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition.
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Le Socialiste October 20, 2021 |
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