3 More Days Of Strike Action By Drivers At Brighton & Hove Cityclean On 16th 17th And 20th October In Dispute Over Pay And Allowances
We call on the council to concentrate on matters at hand, prioritise this issue as a matter of urgency and look to regain the confidence of the workforce says GMB.
There will be a further 3 full days of strike action for Brighton & Hove Cityclean drivers after council officials failed to resolve the current stalemate.
The refuse and recycling drivers at Brighton & Hove Cityclean will take strike action on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Monday 20th October in the on-going dispute over driver supervisory and responsibility allowances. The action will be from 00.01am until 23.59 pm on each of the three days and will run in conjunction with a continuing work to rule. See notes to editors for copy previous press releases on the dispute.
Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary, said “Council officers’ reputation at being unreliable means that our members just don’t believe what any of them say anymore. They feel that they are being ignored, whilst the council keep talking about wrapping this issue up into the overall service redesign they are so keen to deliver early next year.
Drivers don’t trust them to do that, so simply they want to see that same commitment from council short term to resolve the current supervisory and responsibility allowances issue quickly and satisfactorily before being expected to have any confidence in their being able to deliver such an important piece of work as an overall service redesign which would possibly this time take into account the views of those who actually deliver the service.
We call on the council to concentrate on matters at hand, prioritise this issue as a matter of urgency and look to regain the confidence of the workforce. If they don’t drivers are going to become even more and more disillusioned with what appears to be management’s inability or lack of determination to actually want this matter resolved and as a result can’t and won’t rule out even further escalation of dispute action.
We are though asking that the majority of residents and businesses of this city who have been fully supportive of this on-going current dispute which drivers have with the council, continue to do so please and that both the GMB and drivers do take seriously the effect that this dispute is and will continue to have upon them.
Be assured our members wish to see this resolved sooner rather than later, as they can ill afford the financial losses they are incurring from doing so and certainly don’t really want to see the street of their own city in such a mess, but they need to be listened to and listened to now.”
Contact Gary Palmer 01273 570 126 or 07552 165950 or GMB press office 07921 289880
GMB press releases
GMB to suspend two days of Strike action to allow time for talks
The GMB have agreed to suspend strike action on 25th and 30th September to allow Brighton & Hove Council time to table proposals and information covering the on-going dispute over Drivers supervisory and responsibility allowances.
The GMB and Council officers met today in a last attempt to avert 3 days of further strike action around the on-going dispute over driver allowances and responsibilities.
As a result of that meeting the GMB can announce as a consequence of both an undertaking and commitment by council officers to produce both a clear Timetable and remit of negotiations and discussions in time for a meeting of our members by next Thursday morning. In response to that commitment GMB LGV Driver / Chargehands have immediately agreed to suspend strike action for the first two dates 25th and 30th September whilst the council does so.
At this time the 3rd day of strike action for Friday 3rd October and the on-going work to rule will remain both live and in place until our members meet later next week to discuss any resulting council proposals.
Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary, said:
Finally the first steps to our hopefully seeking a resolution to this long standing issue has happened, even though it’s only a commitment from council officers to our repeated requests for a clear timetable and scope for discussions it will if adhered to provide the basis for all sides sitting down and meaningfully seeking to resolve the issues once and for all.
As a result of this step by the council our members have immediately responded by scaling back industrial action as a gesture of good faith, whilst the council go about producing those documents and proposals. So strike action for both the 25th and 30th is suspended.
The onus is very much on the council to come back by next week, with clear proposals, focus and commitment to working with unions and staff to resolve the issues, until they do the 3rd day of action on Friday 3rd October will and has to remain in place along with the continuation of the Drivers working to rule.
A positive approach by the council to talks will always be met equally with the same response by GMB members going forward and will enable us to lift the continuing threat of industrial action of any form going forward.
Sunday 21 September 2014
GMB ANNOUNCE THREE FURTHER DAYS OF STRIKE ACTION AT BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITYCLEAN
Managers are refusing to discuss or acknowledge our proposal so members left with no other option than more industrial action says GMB
GMB has announced a further three strike action dates for the refuse and recycling drivers at Brighton & Hove Cityclean for Thursday 25th, Tuesday 30th September and Friday 3rd October in the ongoing dispute over driver supervisory and responsibility allowances. See notes to editors for copy previous press release. The action will be from 12.01am until 10.59am on each of the three days. The action runs in conjunction with the continuing work to rule.
This follows the meeting between GMB and Brighton and Hove City Council officers on Friday 19th September which failed to resolve the on-going dispute.
Mark Turner, GMB Branch Secretary, said “The talks ended without the council being able to present any proposal or time frame which would allow the GMB to go back to members to seek a suspension of action whilst talks continued.
We are very disappointed that once again the council has been unable to show any willingness to meaningfully seek a resolution of this dispute.
We have once again re-iterated that we don’t simply seek more money for the position or grade that drivers currently hold. If managers can incorporate the additional personal and operational responsibilities into the driver’s role they would see an improved, more efficient and cost effective service as a result.
Unfortunately to date management are refusing to discuss, consult on or even acknowledge our proposal, so our members have been left with no other option but to issue further notice of industrial action.
We of course remain open to any continuation of dialogue with the council on this matter, but as they are remaining intransigent in not discussing the matter, it is not going to see this dispute end unfortunately any time soon.
Whilst we understand the inevitable effect an additional three days of strike action will have upon the people and businesses of the city, we hope residents will continue with the generally high level of positive support and comments, which members have reported to us they have been receiving on a daily basis. We want to assure them that we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue quickly, but that ultimately we need willingness from the council for that to happen. “
Contact Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860 787973 Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552165950, or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977 518042 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Notes to Editors
Copy of GMB press release Wednesday, September 10, 2014
GMB Members In Brighton And Hove Cityclean Vote For Strike Action In Dispute Over Pay And Allowances With Action Starting On 12th September
The council should come back to us quickly and to this time look seriously at settling this long on-going outstanding dispute for good says GMB.
GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove Cityclean as refuse and recycling drivers have voted to take industrial action over employer’s failure to adhere to agreements on pay and allowances.
Action will consist of both continuous action short of strike action commencing from Fri 12th Sept and will involve for example a ban on overtime, and non-collection of side waste, together with an initial one day of strike action on Monday Sept 15th.
The dispute has come about through the Council’s failure to honour agreements over pay and allowances, the failure to consult meaningfully over new working practices and long standing issues over round allocation and distribution. This is compounded by further issues around over similar work not attracting equal pay within the Council and drivers being unfairly harassed and removed from rounds outside of Council policy and procedures.
It had been agreed that to allow the then on-going talks to progress, both sides would agree to a pause in public statements whilst a mutually agreed settlement was sort. Unfortunately talks now have broken down. GMB notified the council on 5th Sept that there was a 89.7% vote in favour of strike action and 96.4% in favour of action short of a strike action, will be commencing industrial action.
Mark Turner, GMB Branch secretary, said “The council’s continuing filibustering on issues which could have been settled if management really wanted to, has resulted in our members having no other option than to vote as they have.
We’ve tried everything possible to come to an agreement and of course the GMB are always happy for the Council to come back to us, even at this late stage, with something to put on the table. The problem we have now is that members are so aggrieved with the situation and time wasting that they feel that they have no option but to take industrial action to be listened to and to get what’s fair and right.
Unfortunately the people of Brighton and Hove will see the service affected potentially for weeks or even months to come as both the continuous part of action short of strike begins to have a long term accumulative effect on the service in the city, on top of the consequence, which I’m sure residents are well aware, of any initial day of industrial action and the further potentially damage to collections following any further added dates.
The council should come back to us quickly and to this time look seriously at settling this long ongoing outstanding dispute for good.”