Rubbish collection

Two sides to meet as bin strike vote begins

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Overflowing bins in Brighton
BBC
A series of bin strikes six years ago left rubbish piling up on the streets of Brighton

Council officers and union officials have agreed to meet to try to avert a bin strike in Brighton.

GMB members had accused council officers of being “anti-trade union” and undermining their work at CityClean, the council’s refuse company.

In recent months, the city council said it has been trying to improve performance, safety and management culture at CityClean.

Both sides will now meet at conciliators Acas on 20 June.

Labour council leader Nancy Platts told BBC Sussex that both council officers and union members had her backing and she wanted an investigation into claims of anti-trade union activity.

A GMB member ballot on whether to strike over the issue will stay open for two weeks.

A series of bin strikes six years ago left rubbish piling up on the city’s streets – and was considered a key factor in the Green administration losing power in 2015.

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