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Anger Over East Ayrshire Closure

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

GMB Scotland Anger Over The Proposals To Close 79 Community And Leisure Facilities In East Ayrshire

GMB Scotland thinks that it is despicable of this council to treat their employees in this manner some who have long service to be potentially thrown on the scrap heap.

GMB Scotland has reacted angrily to the Proposals from East Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure to close 79 Community and Leisure Facilities across East Ayrshire.

The proposals, if accepted, will see the closure of Community Centres, Libraries, Games Halls and Day Centres across the region.

The proposed closures the Leisure Trust wish to make are as follows:- 27 Community Centres and Day Centres, 7 Games Halls, 2 Golf Courses and Facilities

14 Library’s, 28 Pitch and Pavilions and Doon Valley Museum

The proposals which are part of East Ayrshire’s transformation strategy calls for the closure of 25% of the buildings that transferred to East Ayrshire Leisure Trust when it was set up in July this year.

Louise Gilmour, GMB Scotland Organiser for East Ayrshire said: “We are really angry about these proposals, not just because the citizens of East Ayrshire will lose the use of these Facilities, it is the shabby way the Council have treated the Staff that transferred to the Leisure Trust. They knew at the time this was on the cards, but they ignored our demands to keep the Staff as part of the Council until we saw the impact on Staff.”

This means our members who have transferred will not have the same opportunity to be redeployed and now face an uncertain future.”

GMB Scotland thinks that it is despicable of this Council to treat their employees in this manner some who have long service to be potentially thrown on the scrap heap.”

“GMB will fight any Compulsory Redundancies the Leisure Trust intends to make.”

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Contact: Louise Gilmour, GMB Scotland Organiser  07921 289 739. GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

 

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