Better deal as staff in Council owned gyms

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Recreation assistant Sevin Crawford, 20, is one of those who will benefit from the pay rise

All staff working for Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) who deliver  leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools in Tower Hamlets under the ‘Better brand’ will be paid the London Living Wage – backdated to April 2018, Mayor John Biggs announced today at a Cabinet meeting.

Under a previously agreed contract the pay for staff aged between 18 and 21 had been £8.10 an hour, whilst those over the age of 21 were receiving the London Living Wage (LLW) of £10.20 per hour.

When the council renegotiated the contract it made sure all GLL staff in Tower Hamlets would be paid the LLW from April 2019. 

Following discussions between Tower Hamlets Council and GLL Mayor John Biggs has now been able to announce that GLL has agreed to pay the London Living Wage to Tower Hamlets staff from September. Tower Hamlets Council has also stepped in and agreed to backdate this to April 2018. This will benefit 30 young people (18, 19 and 20 year olds) across the Borough.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: “I’m pleased that following our discussions GLL have agreed to bring forward what our contract required, and I have asked this pay rise is backdated to benefit staff immediately. We are committed to paying the London Living Wage and this is a great outcome for the  young people who will benefit”.

Cllr Amina Ali Cabinet Member for Culture Arts and Brexit said: “As a council we pay the London Living Wage and made sure that the new contract with Greenwich Leisure extended this to their staff. This announcement means staff who serve our residents day in and day out and were missing out will get a pay rise’’.

Mark Sesnan Managing Director of GLL said: “GLL is a social enterprise which means we share the benefits of our unique business model with staff and customers.

 “We support payment of Living Wage in all our contracts and we are delighted that Tower Hamlets Council have agreed to bring this forward, benefitting even more young workers.”

All future contracts covering workers at GLL will include the stipulation that the London Living wage be paid to them.

Posted on Wednesday 27th June 2018