Torquay Riviera Centre management defend decision to axe six staff
THE new management team at Torquay's Riviera International centre has defended its decision to lay off six staff and contract out other posts.
The GMB union has started a grievance procedure at the treatment of some of the staff.
A new board was appointed to the leisure centre as a condition of Mayor Gordon Oliver granting extra funding to the complex earlier this year.
They have been reviewing the centre's operation, said chairman Cris Boyce.
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"The new board of directors for the RICC were appointed in April 2012 with the key objective of improving the financial viability of the RICC and reducing its dependence on additional subsidies from Torbay Council," said Mr Boyce.
"As part of that objective the board of directors and the management of the RICC have undertaken a detailed strategic review of overheads and facilities.
"As a result the decision was taken after consultation to close the manned security office and automate the security systems at the RICC. This will result in a substantial cost saving but has led most regretfully to the redundancy of six members of staff.
"The RICC is also pursuing the option of out-sourcing its cleaning operations and as discussions are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.
"The redundancies at the RICC are regrettable but sadly inevitable given the need to secure the financial viability of the RICC. I would like to thank the management and staff at the RICC for their continued dedication, support and hard work during this challenging period of re-organisation."
A GMB spokesman said a joint staff and GMB grievance has been lodged after allegations that the night cleaning team would be losing pay and their terms were being changed. They also had concerns about the security arrangements.