UNISON Sandwell Leisure Trust dispute

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next day of strike action Tuesday 14 December
Pickets will be outside Tipton Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road 7am -9am
and outside Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane 6:30am – 9am

Unfortunately, Sandwell Council has still not fixed the dispute.

UNISON intends to increase this pressure by leafleting the ward of the Sandwell”s Labour Council Leader:

 • Monday 20th September & 15 October leafleting took place
Monday 23 August -was latest in 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; 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.

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)

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

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

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