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Sandwell leisure staff vote to strike over pay

11 Apr 2022
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Sandwell Leisure Centre staff have voted to strike in a pay dispute. 

More than 84 per cent of eligible GMB members voted in favour of industrial action. 

GMB will now meet with dozens of members across all nine sites [1] to discuss possible strike dates, which could be as early as 25 April. 

Bosses at the leisure centre refused to discuss a pay claim put forward by GMB, Unison and Unite members at the end of 2021. 

Sarah James, GMB Organiser, said:  

“This result sends a clear message to management and the board – GMB members have had enough. 

“Whilst providing a valuable lifestyle service to the people of Sandwell, staff are drowning in the cost of living crisis.  

“It’s time that our members are paid a fair wage – we urge the trust to come forward with a decent offer and avoid this industrial action.” 

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