'Enough is enough' Conservatives on bin strike

Conservative councillors are calling on their Green counterparts at Brighton and Hove City Council to clear rubbish from the city’s streets before it becomes "a serious health and safety risk for residents and visitors".

They believe "strike busters" should be employed to empty bins as the temperatures soar, although the GMB union says such action could be illegal.

Talks are ongoing by both the union and the council, though a second strike has now been announced for next Monday.

The dispute centres over plans to streamline workers allowances which could leave some workers, such as carers, with higher wages while street cleaners could lose up to £4,000.

We have been urging the GMB to keep talking to the Council and to be constructive and realistic in their negotiations but with apparently no progress being made we say enough is enough.

The health and safety of residents must come first and the Council has legal obligations to ensure that this is the case.

There were several fires in the city yesterday and there have been many rat sightings by residents. My fear is that if things carry on as they are, it is only a matter of time before a serious incident occurs.

– Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Geoffrey Theobald

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Brighton bin strike suspended

Refuse collectors in Brighton have suspended their strike over pay.