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Strike threat at Brighton and Hove City Council
A city-wide strike is on the cards after a union representing 4,000 council workers rejected a ‘final’ pay offer.
Brighton and Hove City Council has been negotiation with UNISON member over pay and allowances for the last six months.
Alex Knutsen, UNISON branch secretary said the members were concerned about the effect on the 200 members who will lose pay due to the proposed changes, many of whom are low paid, part time, women staff.
He said: "During negotiations, both sides strove to reach a fair and equitable solution on a wide range of issues, achieving 90% of these objectives. However, these key areas remain unresolved.
"On this basis, my Branch representatives decided to reject the current offer, and over the next few days a decision will be taken on what action should be taken.
"At this point, I cannot rule out industrial action, and I call on the council to meet with us to negotiate on these areas to an acceptable conclusion for all parties. This should not be beyond us."
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