SAVE JOBS AT SHEFFIELD CITY TRUST!
Over 300 jobs to go at Sheffield City Hall, Arena, sports and leisure facilities
Bring it back under City Council control now!
Sheffield Labour Left fully supports the Sheffield TUC in supporting GMB in its fight to stop devastating job losses at Sheffield City Trust, (formerly Sheffield International Venues). These are predominantly low paid workers at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Arena and other venues such as Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Concorde Sports Centre, Ice Sheffield, Ponds Forge, Institute of Sport, Heeley Baths and more.
Sheffield City Trust chose to announce mass redundancies on the day the Government announced a £1.5B rescue package for Arts and Leisure industries. Now we know over 300 jobs are to go plus an unspecified number of workers on zero hours contracts who will be laid off with no pay – and simply get zero hours!
“Sheffield TUC fully supports GMB’s campaign to protect these desperately needed jobs and to retain these sports and cultural venues which are invaluable city assets for the future,” said Martin Mayer Secretary of Sheffield TUC.
Central to the campaign to save these jobs is the demand to bring Sheffield City Trust back in house under Council control. The current outsourcing model was set up in 1987 after the Student Games debacle, and handed over to the Trust operational control of these venues whilst the properties remained in Council ownership. The Trust has failed to manage these facilities successfully over a number of years and has all too frequently come back to the Council for yet further injections of cash. The Council made a further injection of £15M recently and with most of the venues now closed or “mothballed” it is in effect the sole revenue provider to the Trust.
Significantly, the Government’s £1.5B rescue package for Arts and Leisure industries is only available to Local Authorities’ own facilities, so as things stand this essential support is not available unless the City Council takes back control. The GMB also argues there would be a much better chance of re-deploying these workers under Council control, for instance as trained up volunteers for a Sheffield-based community track and system to combat COVID.
“It’s time to call it a day on this failed outsourcing model and bring it back in house. We would have a much better chance of saving our venues and the jobs they provide” said Martin Mayer.
A protest rally outside the Town Hall on 8th September heard speeches from GMB workers including life savers at SCT swimming baths who are to lose their jobs. A campaign action plan has been drawn up to pile the pressure on our Labour Council to act now before it’s too late.
Labour Party NEC Elections
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Sheffield Labour Left are supporting the following for the NEC. Please vote for them at your CLP nominating meeting:
Two from the Labour Left Alliance (LLA):
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal
Plus, despite our criticisms regarding the way the slate was chosen, the CLGA slate of six:
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