Unite members in Croydon took action on 18th and 19th September to demand fair pay.
Workers at Fusion Leisure who have the Croydon leisure contracts took strike action on both days.
Fusion paid no increase for some workers for 5 years, then refused to negotiate before imposing a pay proposal without getting agreement. The company also operate a multi-tier work force, this is despite the contract being single tier. The effect is that workers doing identical jobs are on wildly varying pay and conditions.
Many members of the public who turned up at leisure centres in the borough and who were greeted by Unite members turned away and refused to use the centres in support of the strikers.
In addition, Unite members lobbied outside the main Council building. The union made the point that the employer's offer is not enough to buy you breakfast - so Unite gave away breakfast bags to workers! This determined action shows that Unite members are ready and prepared to fight.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab stated "The Croydon branch, along with Thurrock, Greenwich and Lewisham, all of which took action or protested over the last month in support of the campaign for fair pay have done the region proud and are leading the way in building for strike action on October 14th and the march for a pay rise on 18th October.”