Saint James Tavern workers suspend strike action while talks continue

PUB workers have suspended their forthcoming strike action this weekend.

Staff at the Saint James Tavern in Kempt Town say the action has been postponed as a goodwill gesture as talks with the tenants are taking place, brokered by ACAS.

Workers had planned to strike for 20 days in July and August, including Brighton Pride and August Bank Holiday weekends, as part of their fight for better working conditions and respect at work.

They are calling for an end to zero-hour contracts, an increase in the minimum wage to £11.50 and a full sick pay scheme. Also reinstating workers who have been fired or suspended since the strikes began.

The Argus: The Strikes Outside the Saint James Tavern in Kemp Town. Photo: Dave ChiversThe strikes outside the Saint James Tavern in Kemp Town. Photo: Dave Chivers

Hundreds of supporters from Brighton and the wider trade union movement joined the first two rallies, including MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, as well as Labor and Green Party councillors.

At their first two pickets, strike leader Jake Marvin was fired and other workers suspended.

Jake said: “After months of bargaining, the tenants of the SJT have finally come forward to negotiate.

“This shows the power we have as a united working class and that together we can improve our conditions in the hospitality industry and beyond.”

Kate Flood, a union organizer for UVW (United Voices of the World), said: “Five months after we asked them to sit down and negotiate with us, we welcome the news that bosses at Saint James Tavern have finally agreed to participate in the negotiations table.

The Argos:

“Industrial action has been suspended in good faith and if the bosses give in to the workers’ very reasonable demands – reinstatement, fair wages and job security – we will be able to end this unnecessarily protracted dispute.

“It’s a testament to the will of these workers, the strength of their support and the power of the pickets that they have not wavered in this fight and we hope bosses will do the right thing and meet the demands once we start talks in.” this week.” Saint James Tavern workers suspend strike action while talks continue

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