OPEN LETTER from CEO OF B&H COUNCIL to all residents
“I’ve issued a letter to residents today and also wanted to write to our staff.
First of all I would like to apologise and say how disappointed I am that we are now facing formal strike action for seven days beginning on Friday 14 June over our proposals to modernise our allowances system. We are still in a consultation period and we will be continuing to invite our unions in for meetings this week, to encourage meaningful discussion and avoid this action
This has never been about savings nor specifically Cityclean. The proposals we have put forward will mean allowances are paid consistently and fairly to everyone across the council. At the moment there are unacceptable variations and we are required by law to make sure the system is fair and transparent. Whilst some staff will gain from our proposals, unfortunately some will see a reduction in their allowances, so we have offered compensation in these cases. It is in the best interests of residents, the city and our staff across the council to settle this longstanding and unresolved allowances issue.
If planned industrial action does go ahead on Friday we will comply with the law and it will unfortunately mean more disruption to our refuse and recycling service. I would like to say sorry to residents for the problems we may encounter over the coming weeks and to assure you we will do all we can to minimise disruption. In reality our options are very limited; we cannot legally employ replacement staff to do the work of striking workers.
However, this week we plan to remove as much refuse as possible. During the strike we would advise residents to put refuse securely in bins or containers. Wherever possible we would ask for recycling to be taken to one of the city’s rubbish and recycling sites. We hope that residents and visitors will assist us by taking their litter home from the beach, and help to minimise the build up of rubbish.
Once again, I am very sorry that our service is being affected during these talks. We will keep you up to date with developments, on our website http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk and through our contact centre. We are doing everything we can to find resolution. I strongly urge the GMB to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding an agreed settlement.
Penny Thompson CBE
Posted as received
minutes of recent meetings: full mtg – jan. 9th 2013 and committee mtg – feb 13th 2013 –
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see minute page — next meeting is Wednesday February 13th (Committee Meeting)