PUB workers have suspended their impending strike action this weekend.

Staff at Saint James Tavern in Kemp Town say the action has been postponed as a gesture of goodwill as talks with the leaseholders take place with the mediation of ACAS.

Workers had planned to be on strike for 20 days in July and August, including the weekends of Brighton Pride and the August Bank Holiday, as part of their fight for better terms and conditions and respect in the workplace. 

They are demanding an end to zero-hours contracts, a minimum pay increase to £11.50 and a full sick pay scheme. Also, reinstatement of workers sacked or suspended since strike action began.

The Argus: The strikes outside Saint James tavern in Kemp Town. Photo: Dave ChiversThe strikes outside Saint James tavern in Kemp Town. Photo: Dave Chivers

Hundreds of supporters from Brighton and the wider union movement joined the first two rallies, including MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, and Labour and Green Party councillors.

Strike leader Jake said: “After months of action the lease holders of the SJT have finally come forward for negotiations. 

“This shows the power we have as a United working class and that together we can improve our conditions within hospitality and beyond.”

Kate Flood, a union organiser for UVW (United Voices of the World), said: "Five months after asking them to sit down and negotiate with us, we welcome the news that bosses at Saint James Tavern have finally agreed to come to the negotiating table. 

The Argus:

“Industrial action has been suspended in good faith, and if bosses concede to the very reasonable demands of the workers - reinstatement, fair wages, and job security - we will be able to bring this needlessly protracted dispute to an end. 

“It is testament to the will of these workers, the strength of their support, and the power of the picket line, that they have not wavered in this fight and we hope that bosses will do the right thing and deliver on demands once we begin talks this week.”