Leisure Staff’s Pay, Terms and Conditions to be Guaranteed?
Up to 50 members of UNISON and GMB lobbied the Cabinet meeting 9 March, where a paper on the future of Leisure Services in Sandwell was discussed.
A joint union petition of over 5,000 names, collected in just 5 weeks, was handed over to the Council Leader, Darren Cooper. This means there should now be a full council debate on the matter.
The lobby did have an impact. During Darren Cooper’s speech he indicated that any new employer would retain the local government pension scheme as well as pay, terms and conditions at their current levels. This verbal assurance will be followed up by the joint trade unions.
Talks are ongoing between Sandwell Council and Sandwell Leisure Trust.
UNISON will be at the following centres on the following dates for members to talk to us.
Monday 14 March – Tipton Leisure Centre 1:30pm
Wednesday 16 March – Wednesbury Leisue Centre 2:00pm
Friday 18 March – Smethwick SC 1:30pm
Monday 21 March – Portway Lifestyle Centre 1:00pm
Wednesday 6 April – Haden Hill LC 1:00pm
Please see the attached flyer SLT flyer for lobby