Please bear in mind this is just my thoughts based on what I have read so far. I have no knowledge that isn't in the public domain. I have provided some links below.
The GMB Union claims that the poorest workers in Brighton will face up to £95 pay cuts. Everyone, including the local Green Party and the Green MP oppose this.
Note that negotiations are ongoing; it seems a bit early for the GMB to strike but the bin men were off today.
The GMB don't mention that:
1. The poorest will have increased wages, a living wage. It's a small number of better paid that will face a cut.
2. The purpose of this negotiation is said to bring pay in line with equality legislation. Its a failure of previous administrations who have not achieved this.
3. "The GMB gives Labour more than £2m a year in affiliation fees and other funds". So their attack seems politically motivated to me.
(From http://labourlist.org/2012/02/gmb-conference-to-debate-future-of-labour-link/ )
4. Greens are about the only party supporting the right to strike.
Green MP Caroline has been outspoken against any cuts. Her blog here:
If this matter had been explained better there may have been some support for the administration. So this is a PR disaster that may hurt the entire Green Party
On the other hand standing up for equality in women's pay should be a good thing. And opposing a union with links to Labour may help too, if we have justice on our side.
@jasonkitcat: @bhlabour Cllr Mitchell didn't raise 'serious concerns' during any of leaders' meetings she attended on this issue. Labour made this problem
It seems the mistake was leaving the negotiations to council staff, leaving the Greens responsible for something they have not agreed with. It's not to late to get this sorted out but some damage has been done.
Unison were involved in the negotiation and seem satisfied that negotiations are continuing.
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