The bin strikes scheduled to clash with Brighton Pride look likely to be called off formally in the next few days.
The three party leaders on Brighton and Hove City Council are due to meet at 8am tomorrow (Wednesday 24 July) to discuss a proposal to avert the strikes.
And the leaders of the local GMB union are expected to share the outcome with members at the Cityclean depot in Hollingdean on Thursday morning (25 July).
If things go to plan, GMB members will be asked to call off the strike that was planned to start next Monday (29 July).
If not, the union is expected to submit further strike dates to follow on immediately after the strikes scheduled for the Pride weekend, when big crowds are expected.
Tomorrow morning political leaders are expected to agree that GMB union rep Dave Russell can return to work at the Cityclean depot from Friday (26 July).
Council chiefs wanted Mr Russell to have restricted access to the depot – and to work elsewhere – while claims about him were investigated.
The council and union bosses have already agreed for an independent outsider to look into the claims – and that work has started.
Without a settlement, binmen and street cleaners are currently due to go on strike over the Brighton Pride weekend at the start of next month.
The GMB union has already given formal notice to the council of its intention to strike, with the first day of action planned for Monday.
An overtime ban will also run through to Monday 5 August and – without a deal – workers will go on full strike for four days from Friday 2 August to Monday 5 August inclusive.
Vehicle workshop and maintenance staff at Cityclean, the council’s rubbish and recycling service, will also go on strike on Tuesday 30 July and Thursday 1 August.
The meeting tomorrow – of the Policy, Resources and Growth Committee Urgency Sub-Committee – at Hove Town Hall follows a similar meeting at short notice the week before last.
The Conservatives were believed to have been the only party to back the GMB position last time.
It is believed that the Labour council leader Nancy Platts has shifted her position to avert the strike and to try to find a solution acceptable to all sides.
None of those involved in the meeting or from the GMB was able to comment.
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