Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, is urging Brighton & Hove City Council bosses to do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents ahead of strike action tomorrow by Council staff.
Cllr. Theobald has written to the Councilís Chief Executive, seeking reassurances that she has done everything possible to ensure that services continue to be delivered in spite of the strike action.
The two main Trade Unions for council staff Ė Unison and the GMB – announced a national strike last month following a ballot in which just 8.3% (Unison) and 17% (GMB) supported industrial action.
Cllr. Theobald said: ďI would urge the Trade Union bosses, even at this late stage, to call of their planned strike action which is blatant political sabre rattling ahead of next yearís general election. It is quite clear that the vast majority of their members are either indifferent or donít support what they are doing and so they really cannot justify causing widespread disruption on that basis. However, if they are intent on going ahead, I want to ensure that the Council is doing everything it possibly can to avoid causing any inconvenience to residents and visitors and so I have written to the Chief Executive seeking reassurances. I am very disappointed that the NUT has also called for its members to strike. I hope that as many schools as possible in the city will be able to stay open as it really isnít fair on the children and young people whose education will be disrupted and for their parents, many of whom will have to take annual leave in order to look after them. After all, if parents take their children out of school for just one day they are fined.Ē