Giant mounds of rotting rat-infested rubbish pile high as bin men strike

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RATS The rich are feasting on the streets of Brighton over heaps of rubbish, like a strike of no men.

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Shocking photos show residents walking a grim path through a pile of piles 10 feet high as unions warn the misery could continue for another five weeks.

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Posh Brighton facing litter woes as bin men strike at change in the rounds
Huge piles of garbage are piling up on the streets – and the strike could continue until mid-November

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Huge piles of garbage are piling up on the streets – and the strike could continue until mid-November

The strike is only in the seventh day – there are fears that the city could become a sanitation hazard before the situation is resolved.

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Union representatives from the GMB recently pulled out of a meeting with the Green-led council after turning down their latest wage offer.

He left the conversation before the authorities set his offer, Brighton and Hove News Report.

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The Bin men working for the CitiClean firm had planned to return to work clearing the streets before striking again between 21 October and 3 November.

However, he now says that he will not return until the middle of next month.

The refusing truckers voted to strike last month over the change in duty and bin rounds.

Councilor Hannah Clare, the deputy leader of the council, said the higher pay was offered in a “positive attempt to recognize the hard work” of the bin men.

“We are disappointed that the GMB left the room before discussing this proposal with us,” she said.

“We believe that discussion is important. Only by being around the table can a good outcome be achieved for both the employees and the residents of our city.”

Council officials described his proposal as “important and generous” and urged the GMB to rethink.

But Mark Turner, the secretary general of the union’s Sussex branch, said the latest proposal “went back” from the previous one and accused the council of issuing “propaganda”.

‘Smells terrible’

“He submitted his proposal which we dropped on the grounds that it went backwards. It is worse than the situation in which we started,” he said.

“They need to improve the proposal.

“They’re not even meeting halfway with us.”

Meanwhile, city dwellers have spoken of their shock and disgust at the “stink”.

And he warned that the “powerful” unions have all the cards.

the smell is absolutely awful

One resident said: “The piles of rubbish are growing everyday and the stench is absolutely horrific.

“The GMB is extremely powerful at Brighton & Hove and it’s holding the council on a barrel again.”

Another said: “This is a public health risk and decisive intervention should take place on this basis alone.

“I saw rats running through the overflowing compartment at Hov.

“Officially another disappointing failure in this city.”

Angry residents are munching on rats around the garbage heap

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Angry residents are munching on rats around the garbage heapcredit: Alamy
The council claims that union representatives had pulled out of wage hike talks even before the proposal came

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The council claims that union representatives had pulled out of wage hike talks even before the proposal camecredit: Eddie Mitchell

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