GMB calls off dispute with Mears, won’t protest at Brighton racecourse
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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The GMB union has called off its threat to protest at Brighton racecourse in a dispute with maintenance giant Mears and will now go to arbitration.
"We will now sit down with Mears and ACAS on 12th September to settle our differences and move forward within the spirit of an approved agreement," GMB said. "Mears has now withdrawn their notice to de-recognise the joint unions GMB, Unite, Ucatt and Unison over proposed changes to the recognition agreement."
It added: "With this issue being removed all parties have been able to agree to meet on September 12th together with and facilitated by ACAS in order to explore possible solutions in regard to the recent dispute around the current recognition agreement. The protest demonstration outside Brighton racecourse on the 19th August has been called off."
The union had planned to hand out leaflets to racegoers on a day which the union says is sponsored by Mears
When the GMB announced its intention to strike, Mears insisted it had "absolutely no plans to change staff terms and conditions and (we) are keen to continue our relationship with the unions in Brighton". It also said the 19th was simply a staff fun day.
GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said the involvement of ACAS "should do much to ensure that all sides are happy with any end agreement and that going forward all parties then work within the spirit of that agreement".