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Swindon swimmers back strikers

Issue No. 2220

Around 150 workers at leisure centres, country parks and car parks across Swindon were due to strike on Saturday and Sunday this week.

The action comes after the Tory-run council withdrew extra pay for staff required to work unsocial hours. It stopped paying the allowances for staff working evenings, nights and weekends from July 1.

The allowances made up to 14 percent of some workers’ pay. Swindon Unison union rep, Bob Cretchley, said, “I had one member say he is now losing £300 a month and cannot pay his mortgage.

“If there is not a resolution, Unison will be looking to ballot further groups of members,” said Bob.

Workers have won the sympathy of some who use the services. Lesley Leffers of Swindon Tigersharks swimming club said that although the strike was bad news for the club, “I have been speaking to staff and I have every sympathy with them—if I lost £300 a month it would be a big deal to me as well.”

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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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