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18/03/2022

Industrial Action disrupts Council’s Leisure Services

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is warning of disruption to its Leisure services as a result of industrial action by one trade union, Unite the Union, next week (Monday 21 – Sunday 27 March).

The Council is working hard to minimise any impact as a result of the industrial action, however it is expected to affect a number of Leisure Centre opening times. MORE leisure members will be contacted directly and the Council’s website and social media will provide ongoing updates.

In anticipation of the industrial action, the following arrangements are in place for Antrim Forum, Sixmile and Valley Leisure Centres:

  • Opening hours will be reduced to 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday with normal opening for all centres on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Swimming pools will be closed and there will be no swimming lessons.
  • Spas will be also closed.
  • MORE customer service hub will operate from 8am – 6pm and can be contacted through live chat on the website or by calling 0300 123 1580
    Or visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/strikeaction

It is anticipated that Allen Park, Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre and Crumlin Leisure Centre will not be impacted by the industrial action and will operate as normal.

Bin collections, Household Recycling Centres and other services are expected to operate as normal.

Given that the pay rise for 2021/2022 has been agreed nationally and these negotiations have been concluded, the Council is extremely surprised and disappointed by the actions of Unite.

The Council reassures residents and customers that full service provision will resume as soon as possible.