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Plans to cut pay anger Mid Devon's leisure centre staff
12:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
WORKERS at Mid Devon’s three leisure centres are being consulted on council plans to cut their pay rates.
In a bid to save £80,000, Mid Devon District Council, which runs Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton and Culm Valley Sports Centre in Cullompton, has proposed to stop paying employees extra for working at weekends.
Receptionists, swimming teachers and lifeguards at the centres who have been paid time and a half on Saturdays and double pay on Sundays for eight years would all be affected.
Under the proposal the enhanced payments would stop in April, 2014.
A worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the proposal might create staffing problems at the leisure centres at weekends, adding: “The council believes numerous staff will want to work weekends if their situation suits, but these leisure centres already have a large bank of casual workers and have problems finding staff to cover weekends as it is.”
Council head of human resources Jill Stimpson said: “We’re in consultation with staff at the leisure centres with a proposal to discontinue paying enhanced rates for weekend shifts, though there’s no proposal to stop paying overtime.
"The consultation isn’t due to end until next week and I’ll be feeding back at all the sites on September 4.”
Council communications manager Andrew Lacey said the public would not be affected with opening hours staying the same.
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