Experience of outsourcing of leisure services in Belfast City Council has been higher prices, reduced staffing and user access
Unite the union vows to make demand for leisure services to stay in-house central to upcoming local elections
February 12th: Workers at leisure centres operated by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council learnt with dismay today of the decision by the council’s Leisure sub-committee to vote in favour of establishing a CoCo model allowing the outsourcing of the local authority’s leisure services.
Speaking on behalf of his union’s members in the council, Gareth Scott, Regional Officer for Unite challenged the benefit that outsourcing would offer and pledged the unions to back their members’ campaign to keep leisure services in-house.
“Unite the union workplace reps have sought to engage positively with ABC council management in the process of replacing three existing leisure centres – in Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown – with a single one in Craigavon. Workers have raised a range of revenue-raising proposals including new activities and courses for the new facility. Last night’s decision in which members of the Ulster Unionist Party joined with the Democratic Unionist Party in voting against the unions’ preferred option which to keep leisure services in-house. Continue reading