April 21st: Unite’s Regional Officer with responsibility for local authority workers, Davy Edmont, has confirmed that his union has secured the redeployment of 38 of 48 workers formerly employed at the Robinson centre following a botched RPA transition. The union will be taking the case of the remaining ten to the courts.
“Unite has succeeded in ensuring that all thirty-eight workers who were formerly employed at the Robinson Centre by Castlereagh Borough Council will be re-deployed within Belfast City Council.
“These workers were due to transfer under the council transition process to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), a third-party operator contracted by Belfast City Council to manage leisure facilities in their council area. After evidence of widespread asbestos contamination of the building forced its closure and led to these plans being abandoned leaving the workers in limbo.
“A further ten workers employed in the centre by X-force, a third-party operator contracted by Castlereagh Borough Council to manage the Robinson Centre fitness facilities, were also left in limbo after the transfer as they had received P45s from their former employer but weren’t taken on by GLL leaving them without any employer!
“Unite is confident of success in legal proceedings we are instituting on their behalf against Belfast City Council, GLL and X-force. We will stand by all the former Robinson centre workers until their employment rights are fully vindicated“, Mr Edmont concluded.