Golf courses picketed over pay cuts

Pickets at Brighton golf coursePickets at Brighton golf course

Pickets at Brighton golf course

Pickets at Brighton golf course

 

Pickets at Brighton golf course

Brighton and Hove members joined colleagues picketing two Brighton golf courses bright and early yesterday to protest at plans to cut the greenkeepers’ wages by an average of £4,000.

The courses are owned by Brighton and Hove council, but managed by Mytime Active, and regional organiser Mary Laxton called on the company to “reopen negotiations with us in order that staff do not suffer 20% wage cuts”.

Speaking as the pickets gathered at 6am, she added: “It’s wet and windy, so let’s hope the golfers stay at home today.”

As it happened, not everyone did stay at home. But Ms Laston later thanked “all the golfers at Hollingbury who boycotted the course, especially the ladies led by ‘Marjory’ who chose not to play, as she had sympathy with our two members’ plight over the loss of wages”.

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