Anyone who lives in or around Brighton will have noticed that the refuse collection, street sweepers and recycling collectors have gone on strike. Apparently the council has announced pay cuts to some binmen of up to £4000 per year, so I can’t begrudge them getting just a little irate with that. I would be well miffed. The upshot, however, is that Brighton is beginning to look more and more like Apocalypse Now every day (apart from the fire and dying).
The seagulls are in seventh heaven of course, and I don’t expect it to be very long until the rats and cockroaches join the bargain bucket bonanza and start tucking in too. A lot of Brighton folks complain about the seagulls because they open bin bags and make a racket. I want to take this opportunity to remind people that the seagulls predate us, and if we didn’t leave our tasty rubbish everywhere they wouldn’t be so massive and prevalent. I’m just saying. They’re actually good looking birds that are using us as a spring board to world domination. If you don’t like them, direct your hate towards the idiots that feed them and the plonkers that leave their edibles in full view (other than when there’s a bin man strike on of course.)
The refuse teams have marched and they’ve striked, stroked? Struck? So we now have to wait to see what the council will do about it. They’ve offered one off payments of £3000 to those worst hit by pay cuts, but if you are going to start getting paid thousands per year less, a one off cash injection of a few grand doesn’t really cut it does it? I’ve spent a few days on the bins in my time, it’s not such a bad job, but you certainly earn your money.
I can’t help this situation. I am but one man. So I thought I’d take photos of it instead, and here they are…. PS I just found the tilt shift function on my Snapseed App so apologies for the heavy use. PPS I am not a photographer.
LATE EDIT: Here’s a website following the story in more detail if you fancy a look see: http://savebrightonbinmen.co.uk/
Here’s a creative stop gap solution from the North Laine shopkeepers.