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Leisure service workers to strike over pay

UNDERPAID workers providing leisure services in Blaenau Gwent are to strike over pay, their union announced today.

The workers are Unison members employed by Aneurin Leisure Trust, which runs libraries, theatres, parks and leisure centres, having taken these services over from Blaenau Gwent County Council in 2014.

They have rejected a pay increase which they say is equivalent to half a per cent a year. Members of Unite and GMB are also being consulted on action.

Unison Cymru Wales regional organiser Rosie Lewis said: “Staff are struggling to make ends meet and despite their commitment to their jobs and the service they provide to the wider community, they haven’t had a pay rise since April 2016.

“Since then, inflation has increased by 7 per cent. All the workers are asking for is to be paid a fair wage.”

The earliest date for any possible action is November 7.

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