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Strike threat wins higher pay offer for staff at leisure firm

LEISURE services workers in Blaenau Gwent have won an improved pay offer after voting for strike action.

Members of unions Unison, Unite and GMB work for the Aneurin Leisure Trust in libraries, entertainment venues, parks and leisure centres across the Welsh county borough.

Joint strike action was to take place yesterday but was suspended after management proposed an improved increase in pay.

Unison regional organiser Rosie Lewis said: “Workers at Aneurin Leisure haven’t had a pay rise for more than two years. They were fed up with low wages and they decided to take a stand and do something about it.

“The pressure of their overwhelming vote for strike action forced the employer to concede a much-improved pay offer which will now be considered by staff.

“The employees’ inspiring stand of solidarity shows, when you stick together with your workmates, you can make things happen. You are not powerless.”

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