MAGHERAFELT SDLP Councillors Jim Campbell and Kate Lagan described a Sinn Fein motion calling on Pulse Fitness to recognise trade unions as “totally facile and meaningless.”
At the recent meeting of the local District Council Sinn Fein members backed a motion calling on Pulse Fitness, who run the Greenavle Leisure Centre for the council, to recognise trade unions.
In a statment today they said: “The SDLP are totally supportive of the rights of workers to join trade unions but this Sinn Fein motion tabled by Councillor Peter Bateson was totally facile and meaningless.
“It will deliver no additional benefits for Pulse employees in Greenvale Leisure Centre and could well give cause for unnecessary concern. This motion should never have come before Council and Sinn Fein were meddling and misleading for their own political agenda.
“Thankfully we now live in more enlightened times and statutory industrial relations procedures are enshrined in law to protect the rights of employees to decide whether or not they want to join a trade union of their choice.
“The Industrial Court is a tribunal with statutory powers whose main function is to adjudicate on disputes around recognition of trade unions for collective bargaining purposes and it is the proper arena where issues concerning trade union membership for Pulse workers should ultimately be pursued.”