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Strikes At Brighton Golf Courses

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Further GMB Strikes At Brighton Golf Courses From 19th August In Dispute About Up To £4,000 Pay Cut For Green Keepers

Meeting on Friday 16th to seek a settlement but action will go ahead if either the talks breakdown or the company look to impose any changes to member’s terms and conditions says GMB.

GMB and Unison members will take strike action over 5 days from Monday 19th August in the continuing dispute over pay cuts of up to £4,000 per annum for green-keepers employed by contractor Mytime Active at Hollingbury Park and Waterhall golf courses in Brighton.

These new strikes follow an earlier second day of strike action by GMB and Unison members which took place on Wednesday July 3rd which in turn followed the first day of strike action in June. See notes to editors for earlier press release.

Further talks are to take place on Friday 16th August to see if a settlement can be reached.

Gary Palmer GMB Organiser said “Mytime informed us that failure to reach an agreement will result in notice of changes to contracts issued to affected staff. In response our members have decided they have no choice but to take further action in protest of being forced to see a reduction in take home pay of up to £4,000 per year.

We are meeting on Friday 16th with a view to seeking a settlement, but our joint action with Unison will go ahead if either the talks breakdown or the company look to impose any changes to member’s terms and conditions.

Although we are happy to sit down and talk to the company, we do feel its crunch time with regard to negotiations over this dispute.

The company's argument that green-keepers should simply pay for the company losses, brought about by lack of initial investment and poor management by Mytime themselves, is not acceptable to the union and its members. It will only result in an escalation of even more lengthy actions against Mytime until the company finally see sense."

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Contact Gary Palmer GMB organiser 07552165950 or Mark Turner B50 GMB Branch secretary on 07860787973.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated Tuesday 25th June 2013

GMB STRIKE AT BRIGHTON GOLF COURSES ON JULY 3RD IN DISPUTE ABOUT UP TO £4,000 PAY CUT FOR GREEN KEEPERS

GMB call upon Mytime Active management to return to the negotiating table and look to settle this dispute immediately and amicably

 GMB has today notified contractor Mytime Active, who manage the Hollingbury Park and Waterhall golf courses for Brighton and Hove City Council, of further dates for industrial action by green keepers.

The second strike by GMB and Unison members will take place on Wednesday July 3rd. These green keepers face pay cuts of up to £4,000 per year as a result of in changes to allowances and weekend enhancements.

Gary Palmer GMB Organiser said “GMB members have taken the decision to walk out for a second time on July 3rd. This is to protect their current pay from a social enterprise employer which is recording record profits as a group.

Striking for workers like the green keepers who can least afford it is a very hard decision and not one our members have taken lightly. But what option do they have to make both the company and City listen to their grievances? Remember they are not striking for a pay rise but to protect their current pay packets.

Mytime Active has recently increased high paid senior management numbers. The company still insist that our members, who are amongst the lowest paid, need to see jobs lost and /or take pay cuts to pay for their local mismanagement of staff and courses.

Social enterprise or not, greedy over paid directors will not be allowed to treat our members and their employees this way. GMB call upon the client Brighton & Hove City Council not to choose this time to sit back and see another of their contractors treat people from the city of Brighton in such a shoddy way.

GMB call upon Mytime Active management to return to the negotiating table and look to settle this dispute immediately and amicably.

A lot of the city local councillors and politicians were quiet over the Cityclean dispute and voters will remember that when the time comes. I hope they don’t choose to take the same course of action again. We ask instead that they contact Mytime Active to make them re-engage with meaningful dialogue to seek a resolution to this matter quickly”

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