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DATE: Thursday 25th July

STATEMENT: Response from Brighton & Hove Pride in relation to GMB Union Strike being called off.

We are very happy to hear that the proposed GMB Union strike that was planned to coincide with Brighton & Hove Pride has been called off.

Whilst we always independently manage, facilitate and cleanse all of our official event sites and their immediate surrounding areas; the contingency plans we had in place mean that Pride have booked and paid for additional, enhanced cleaning provision at our own expense and these will remain in operation over the weekend.

This means there will be increased cleansing at the official Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, our main fundraising events, Pride in the Park and LoveBN1Fest at Preston Park, Pride Pleasure Gardens on the Old Steine and the Pride Village Party in Kemp Town. We provide additional bins, litter pickers, road sweeping machines and jet washing for these sites.

Pride do not run any events on the beach and with numerous, unaffiliated events run by independent businesses across the City; we would like to appeal to all businesses to engage in our City Angels campaign and encourage their customers to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. Pride are also sponsoring a beach clean, working with Oceans 8 Brighton on The Big Pride Beach Clean on Sunday 4th August.

We have the utmost respect and are grateful for the work Cityclean do over the Pride period – and what is already a busy summer weekend. We look forward to welcoming GMB members and workers from Cityclean at our Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade.