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Bin strike action on hold after union agrees to new talks with council

The Argus: Mark Turner, branch secretary of the GMB Mark Turner, branch secretary of the GMB

The threat of strike action is on hold after union leaders agreed to go back to the negotiating table with the council in a bid to resolve the ongoing bins dispute.

The GMB union and Brighton and Hove City Council representatives will meet on April 23 to try and bring an end to the dispute which last summer saw the city’s streets piled with rubbish.

Strike action is off the table for now – but has not been ruled out if there is no progress in talks.

GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said the union had received an encouraging letter from the council which led to an agreement to return to the negotiations.

He said: “There is some movement from the council which is encouraging.

“But there are still some outstanding potentially serious issues which we felt warranted meeting to discuss.

“Our position is that if we can’t move the situation forward then we will consult members on the next stage which will no doubt result in an intention to ballot.

“In the short term there won’t be any threat of industrial and we won’t be writing to the council about an intention to ballot. The earliest we would consider action would be after the 23rd.”

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4:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Green_Girl_1990 says...

The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city Green_Girl_1990
  • Score: -11

4:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.
[quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city[/p][/quote]I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup. Andy R
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Green_Girl_1990 says...

Andy R wrote:
Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.
Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people.

And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city[/p][/quote]I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.[/p][/quote]Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people. And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring. Green_Girl_1990
  • Score: -6

5:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
Andy R wrote:
Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.
Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people.

And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring.
Fair enough. Allegations dropped. I take your word for it. This is an accurate portrayal of how the Greens see the Council's workforce. I'm sure it'll be remembered in May 2015.
[quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city[/p][/quote]I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.[/p][/quote]Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people. And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring.[/p][/quote]Fair enough. Allegations dropped. I take your word for it. This is an accurate portrayal of how the Greens see the Council's workforce. I'm sure it'll be remembered in May 2015. Andy R
  • Score: 8

6:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Stephen Vinall says...

Green_Girl needs her head examining! She's obviously not aware of the complexity history of this situation or the pain this whole saga has caused City Clean workers, as well as the public.

GMB have worked to get a fair and enduring resolution for all concerned - it's the council that have been unable or unwilling to address the issues. You should visit the City Clean Depot sometime and see what these guys (and girls) have to work with.

No one wants another strike, but it's what it takes to resolve this matter.
Green_Girl needs her head examining! She's obviously not aware of the complexity history of this situation or the pain this whole saga has caused City Clean workers, as well as the public. GMB have worked to get a fair and enduring resolution for all concerned - it's the council that have been unable or unwilling to address the issues. You should visit the City Clean Depot sometime and see what these guys (and girls) have to work with. No one wants another strike, but it's what it takes to resolve this matter. Stephen Vinall
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Fight_Back says...

Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
Yes, they've done so well with the re-organisation of rubbish collections that :

1. They removed dustcarts from their fleet BEFORE ensuring the new rounds ( with less dustcarts ) could work.

2. They have failed regularly for the last year to get the rubbish collected.

3. They brought new dustcarts that were of such poor quality they broke down.

4. The recycling rate has dropped since they took over.

If it were an exam their performance would be marked as FAILED !
[quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city[/p][/quote]Yes, they've done so well with the re-organisation of rubbish collections that : 1. They removed dustcarts from their fleet BEFORE ensuring the new rounds ( with less dustcarts ) could work. 2. They have failed regularly for the last year to get the rubbish collected. 3. They brought new dustcarts that were of such poor quality they broke down. 4. The recycling rate has dropped since they took over. If it were an exam their performance would be marked as FAILED ! Fight_Back
  • Score: 6

2:19am Sat 12 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Andy R wrote:
Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
Andy R wrote:
Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty.

It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city
I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.
Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people.

And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring.
Fair enough. Allegations dropped. I take your word for it. This is an accurate portrayal of how the Greens see the Council's workforce. I'm sure it'll be remembered in May 2015.
i think you are right its just a green troll , that or someone out of it all the time ,or a bit of both
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: The Green Council has done everything it can to settle this dispute, and has acted with honour, fairness and honesty. It is most unfortunate that the wretched GMB has behaved so disgracefully, and that the people of Brighton yet again fail to appreciate the excellent good-work that we Greens have done for them and their city[/p][/quote]I'm going to assume that this is wind-up sockpuppet post. If by any chance it's for real then you should be aware that it's so appalling it looks like a windup.[/p][/quote]Your comment shows a lack of education and intelligence. The Green Council, every day and in every way, is working extremely hard for your sort of people. And please drop your allegations of 'trolling'; it's becoming boring.[/p][/quote]Fair enough. Allegations dropped. I take your word for it. This is an accurate portrayal of how the Greens see the Council's workforce. I'm sure it'll be remembered in May 2015.[/p][/quote]i think you are right its just a green troll , that or someone out of it all the time ,or a bit of both whatevernext2013
  • Score: 3

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