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Sinn Féin call for top-level council intervention in leisure worker dispute

9 April, 2018 - by Ciarán Beattie

Sinn Féin Councillor Ciaran Beattie has called on Belfast City Council’s Chief Executive to intervene in the ongoing GLL leisure worker job dispute. 

Ciaran Beattie said:

“Our party have been consistently opposed to the outsourcing of council services. 

“We opposed the outsourcing of leisure because we believe that Belfast City Council has the ability and expertise to manage our own services. 

“We opposed the outsourcing of leisure because we believed at the time that Belfast City Council staff would be adversely affected.  

“Over the last three months, we have met leisure staff and unions who have outlined their discontent at negotiations that have taken place around the restructuring of leisure services.

“They feel that they are being unfairly treated. They feel undervalued and morale is at an all-time low.

“We are proposing that the Council Chief Executive personally intervenes to resolve the concerns and fears of BCC contracted staff members.

“Sinn Fein called for an independent review of GLL last year which is back with us now and that review will be discussed through party briefings in the coming weeks before going back to the council’s strategic policy and resources committee on 20th April for consideration. 

“We will be looking very carefully at the negotiations with staff members over the next two weeks and we will engage directly with staff and GLL as we have done consistently.   

“We remain committed to keeping public services public.”

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