Adur and Worthing refuse collectors begin two-week pay strike

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Refuse collectors in Sussex today begin a two-week strike over pay.

The GMB members, employed by Adur and Worthing Councils, have invited the authority’s chief executive to visit the picket line because, despite the union providing the council with three weeks’ notice, there has been no movement towards formal negotiations which may have halted the action.

GMB B50 branch secretary Mark Turner said: “The failure to involve GMB in negotiations will mean that the responsibility for the effects of any action by workers falls entirely on the doorstep of the council’s Chief Executive Catherine Howe and Director for Digital, Sustainability & Resources Paul Brewer, and should they fail to get involved, every currently elected councillor in Adur & Worthing.”

GMB regional organiser Gary Palmer added: “From today we will be even easier to get hold of as we’ll be on the picket line with our members.  Both Catherine and Paul are welcome to visit us to hear first-hand just how their pay deal has been received.”

“Strike action is always our last resort, but GMB members are ready. It’s up to the officers at Adur and Worthing which way they want to play it. Adur and Worthing’s elected councillors should think about pressuring their directors and executive to formally speak with us GMB sooner rather than later.

“If we see a prolonged dispute, the decision not to speak with GMB may come back to haunt elected officials come election time in May. If residents are unhappy with rubbish on the streets and on their doorsteps, they can let their councillors know how they feel.”

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