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 £4,000 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.
The refuse teams have marched, and they’ve striked, stroked? Struck? So, we now have to wait and see what the council will do about it. They’ve offered one off payments of £3,000 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:
Here’s a creative stop gap solution from the North Laine shopkeepers.