UNISON Sandwell Leisure Trust dispute

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SandwellUnison2021 06 22 1 UNISON members at SLT are taking further strike action on Friday 28 January.
The longest running industrial dispute in Sandwell’s history – a series of strikes called by UNISON in the fight against Sandwell Leisure Trust’s totally unjust fire and rehire of staff to remove them from national NJC pay, terms and conditions.
UNISON is calling on Sandwell Council to step in to fix things, or even bring the arms length service of Sandwell Leisure Trust back in-house. Unless they do it is likely that the Commonwealth Games will be disrupted.

Unfortunately, Sandwell Council has still not fixed the dispute at the Leisure Centres  which they own.
Strike action took place on December 14th 2021 at  Portway Lifestyle Centre and Tipton Leisure Centre  where UNISON members voted by 85% on an 83% turnout to continue their fight.
Monday 20th September & 15 October leafleting took place as UNISON intends to increase this pressure by leafleting the ward of the Sandwell”s Labour Council Leader.

Monday 23 August strike action took place in addition to striking campaigners also leafleted the Deputy Leader and Cabinet lead for Leisure, cllr Maria Compton as well.
Protest Rally outside the construction site of the new Aquatic Centre, Tuesday 22nd June, Londonderry Road, Smethwick.

UNISON members working at Sandwell Leisure Trust took industrial action on Friday 30th April against their employer for moving away from NJC Pay, terms and conditions. Pickets forced closures and were visited by the local MP and councillors. More action is planned.

Despite the difficulties during the lockdowns, UNISON members have now voted twice to take legal industrial action. The second vote saw 78% of UNISON members voting for industrial action on a 64% turnout.

With the Leisure Centres still being owned by the Labour Council in Sandwell, the strike on Friday 30th April will demonstrate to the Board of Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) that UNISON will not tolerate staff being ‘fired and re-hired’ on worse terms and conditions now, nor in the future, when the promise from SLT not to make more changes runs out in March 2022.

At a time when a new £73million Aquatic Centre is being built in Sandwell for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, there can be no justification for attacking the pay or conditions of staff.

Sandwell Leisure Trust dismissed all employees to then re-engage on inferior terms and conditions to those negotiated nationally by their unions.

Please send messages of support and solidarity to t.barnsley.sandwellunison@outlook.com.

Any donations to our hardship fund can be sent to UNISON Office, West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.

Cheques made payable to Sandwell General UNISON Branch. Thank you.

Tony Barnsley, Branch Secretary Sandwell General UNISON Branch – (affiliated to WB&DTUC)

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