Local authority bosses claim the current system of extra payments, which affects 6,000 staff, is “no longer fit for purpose” and needs to be modernised.
They denied it was intended to reduce the overall pay bill, of which £3 million is made up of allowances.
But union representatives blasted the reform, claiming it was intended to slash costs at a time of Government cuts.
The protest took place before a key Town Hall meeting last night (January 25) where councillors handed over the negotiations to senior staff in a behind closed doors session.
A message sent around by union representatives yesterday before the protest said: “Allowances and expenses are not benefits or perks but basic refund of expenses we have incurred in order to carry out our duties of work for the council to service the population of Brighton and Hove. We have tried to ‘play the game’ and do our part.
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