The Brighton & Hove Local Government branch held its AGM on Wednesday, 20th March at Hove Town Hall.
There was discussion of how to win a long-overdue pay rise, and the following motion was unanimously passed:
This Branch notes –
• The totally inadequate pay offer from the Local Government Employers of 1%, but only if we accept immediate attacks on terms and conditions with the prospect of more attacks later
• That several councils have already said that they can pay 1% or more without strings
• That we have had 3 years of pay freeze and our pay has fallen 16% in real terms since 2009.
This Branch believes –
• That we need to fight now, while there is the prospect of linking up with other groups of workers taking action, such as civil servants and teachers.
• We cannot afford for negotiations to be drawn out and for members to be disillusioned.
This Branch resolves –
• To join with the other local government trade unions, Unite and GMB, to demand further urgent negotiations
• With GMB, to write to all BHCC councillors to indicate that we cannot accept this derisory offer.
• To prioritise recruitment and to prepare for an industrial action ballot should negotiations not achieve a significantly improved offer. The meeting heard guest speakers from the PCS union, which was on strike over pay and job cuts that day, and the student occupation at Sussex University, fighting plans to privatise support services on campus.