Robinson Centre workers left without an employer after botched RPA transfer

unite-white-out-of-redTen workers receive P45s from X-force but are not transferred to Greenwich Leisure Ltd

Union has placed all its members at the Robinson Centre on Asbestos register

April 4: Unite’s Regional Officer with responsibility for local authority workers, Davy Edmont, has confirmed his union plans to initiate legal proceedings on behalf of ten workers who were formerly employed by X-force at the Robinson Centre.

“Ten members of staff working in the leisure suite in the Robinson centre have been left in limbo after receiving their P45s from their former employer X-force yesterday. Under the RPA changeover, they were meant to transfer to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) which is contracted by Belfast City Council to manage leisure facilities in their council area.

“Unite is gathering relevant information and legal opinion to establish who is the employer following their non-transfer. We will have no option but to institute legal proceedings against both X-force and GLL on behalf of the workers.

“A further thirty-nine workers at the Robinson centre were formerly employed by Castlereagh Borough Council directly and they too were due to transfer to GLL but didn’t as a result of evidence of widespread asbestos contamination in the building. Unite is currently in ongoing discussions with Belfast City Council in regard to the employment status of these workers.

“Meetings have now been scheduled with the workers individually to identify their skillsets with a view to redeployment within Belfast City Council. We have also written to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to ask that they put a hold on filling fifteen new leisure services staff positions to ensure that, pending Belfast City Council’s judicial review case, they are offered to existing Robinson centre staff under the RPA’s ‘at risk’ transfer procedure.

“Unite has places all our members in the centre on the Asbestos risk register and they have been provided with appropriate medical tests and services. This situation is entirely unacceptable. Workers at the Robinson Centre are paying the price for the corporate management failures in the former councils – this situation should have been resolved fully before the transition. Unite will stand by these workers to ensure their employment rights are upheld fully“, Mr Edmont concluded.

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