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Council hits out after sports centre change.

A COMPANY has been accused of putting its staff's jobs at jeopardy after losing its contract to manage council-owned sports centres in Nuneaton and Bedworth. The council said: "Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Trust's behaviour in refusing to provide meaningful employee information in a timely manner is the key reason why many of its head office employees are facing such an uncertain future."

NBLT has run the Pingles, Bedworth, Etone and Jubliee centres for the last 10 years, but the service has now been taken over by SLM, under the brand name Everyone Active.

Under TUPE (protection of employment) regulations, people working for NBLT were hoping to be transferred to SLM but the council has hit out at a lack of co-operation from the outgoing firm.

A statement from the Town Hall said that the NBLT senior management team "either do not fully understand TUPE legislation or are choosing to make an over-simplistic interpretation of it for their benefit. Whatever the reason behind their stance and actions, their approach has been of no assistance to their head office employees."

It is also claimed that NBLT employees were "refused permission to meet with SLM during their working day to discuss transfer issues and their futures and that "employees were warned that disciplinary action would be taken against anyone making contact with SLM". A statement issued by NBLT previously had said that the company's entire head office team faced losing their jobs because they'd been told they were not eligible for TUPE transfer.

Paul Dowling, regional director for SLM, had retaliated by saying: "Despite considerable attempts to make the process easier for all concerned, SLM have been repeatedly refused access to important information about NBLT employees."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 5, 2014
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