Livewire staff face contract cuts

Livewire staff face contract cuts

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Jan Souness

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LIVEWIRE staff face losing out on extra pay for working out of hours and a reduction in their car allowances.

The company want to reduce its bills as it is left with a £300,000 bill from Warrington Borough Council for its services, looks to build the company’s savings to £2 million and be in a position to be able to pay off a £4 million loan for works to transform Great Sankey Leisure Centre.

Managing director Jan Souness said: “The council have been really generous - £300,000 given the cuts from central government it’s reasonable. It’s challenging but reasonable compared to other local authorities and the cuts they are having to make in those services they commission or run themselves.

“They have done what they said and given us two years and we knew this would happen.

“LiveWire’s business plan is to reduce the reliance of the management fee from the council. It was one of the reasons we were set up to do innovative things.

“We also have to make sure we pay back the loan on Great Sankey as well. We have to be in a position to invest in the company.

“We have a lot of part time staff some of them won’t be affected in the same way, but we are mindful for some people it is significant.

“We want people to look at this and come up with suggestion.”

LiveWire bosses say although the changes may hit people’s pay they are looking to restructure staff roles in the company to create new ways for staff to progress through the company and gain more pay.

And fees have already been increased by five per cent for users.

But the unions have questioned why staff’s terms and conditions are being hit to help fund the business.

Jason Horan, joint branch secretary of Unison said: “We are advised that the management fee has stayed the same so begs the question as to why the staff terms and conditions need to be touched. The proposals will impact mostly on frontline staff and hit the pockets of those who have not had a decent pay rise for at least 10 years.

“We will be consulting over the proposals and will be seeking the views of our members. If LiveWire proceed to implement these proposals then we will have to take the views of our members on how they wish to proceed to fight the cuts to their terms and conditions.”

LiveWire are now running a 90 day consultation with the decision to be made on October 23.

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10:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

Lyndsay Mc says...

Hmmm....see how a Labour-led Council sacrifices it's loyal public sector workers.
Hmmm....see how a Labour-led Council sacrifices it's loyal public sector workers. Lyndsay Mc
  • Score: 0

11:15am Fri 25 Jul 14

grey_man says...

They're not public sector workers.
They're not public sector workers. grey_man
  • Score: 2

11:19am Fri 25 Jul 14

Lyndsay Mc says...

OK - Council workers, how's that?!
OK - Council workers, how's that?! Lyndsay Mc
  • Score: -2

11:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

Youthman says...

Lyndsay Mc wrote:
OK - Council workers, how's that?!
Wrong again they do not work for the council they are employees of livewire a company which was set up and took over leisure and other things that the council USED to run.
[quote][p][bold]Lyndsay Mc[/bold] wrote: OK - Council workers, how's that?![/p][/quote]Wrong again they do not work for the council they are employees of livewire a company which was set up and took over leisure and other things that the council USED to run. Youthman
  • Score: 5

11:41am Fri 25 Jul 14

Lyndsay Mc says...

I think you've missed the point.
I think you've missed the point. Lyndsay Mc
  • Score: -3

12:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Karlar says...

"LiveWire is Warrington’s provider for Leisure, Library and Lifestyle services.
LiveWire is a non-profit Community Interest Company meaning any profit generated is reinvested back into developing and improving its facilities and services for the community to utilise."
"LiveWire is Warrington’s provider for Leisure, Library and Lifestyle services. LiveWire is a non-profit Community Interest Company meaning any profit generated is reinvested back into developing and improving its facilities and services for the community to utilise." Karlar
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

grey_man says...

Lyndsay Mc wrote:
I think you've missed the point.
The point is that it's got nothing to do with the council's political make up. That said, I do wonder just what exactly is the point of creating these companies then propping them up with public money. The council has just done exactly the same thing with a multi-million pound loan to Golden Gates Housing with a very questionable chance of return.
[quote][p][bold]Lyndsay Mc[/bold] wrote: I think you've missed the point.[/p][/quote]The point is that it's got nothing to do with the council's political make up. That said, I do wonder just what exactly is the point of creating these companies then propping them up with public money. The council has just done exactly the same thing with a multi-million pound loan to Golden Gates Housing with a very questionable chance of return. grey_man
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Karlar says...

Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council.
Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council. Karlar
  • Score: 5

12:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

grey_man says...

Karlar wrote:
Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council.
But not entirely. The whole point of private companies is they have the chance to fail as well as succeed. That is the brutal truth of commerce. Companies like this appear to be neither one thing nor the other. If the management is not running the business on a sustainable commercial footing but the council provides a safety net with public money, what's their point?
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council.[/p][/quote]But not entirely. The whole point of private companies is they have the chance to fail as well as succeed. That is the brutal truth of commerce. Companies like this appear to be neither one thing nor the other. If the management is not running the business on a sustainable commercial footing but the council provides a safety net with public money, what's their point? grey_man
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

foggy says...

What are the odds on Jan Souness having her contract changed & having to take a pay cut. Nil probably
What are the odds on Jan Souness having her contract changed & having to take a pay cut. Nil probably foggy
  • Score: 7

12:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

grey_man says...

foggy wrote:
What are the odds on Jan Souness having her contract changed & having to take a pay cut. Nil probably
If this were truly a private sector company, she might be facing more than a pay cut. As it stands she's a former employee of the council so has that public sector attitude ofreliance on other people's money.
[quote][p][bold]foggy[/bold] wrote: What are the odds on Jan Souness having her contract changed & having to take a pay cut. Nil probably[/p][/quote]If this were truly a private sector company, she might be facing more than a pay cut. As it stands she's a former employee of the council so has that public sector attitude ofreliance on other people's money. grey_man
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Karlar says...

grey_man wrote:
Karlar wrote:
Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council.
But not entirely. The whole point of private companies is they have the chance to fail as well as succeed. That is the brutal truth of commerce. Companies like this appear to be neither one thing nor the other. If the management is not running the business on a sustainable commercial footing but the council provides a safety net with public money, what's their point?
Agreed. Most are set up with questionable business plans that would fail to convince most bank managers to lend them money.
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: Outsourcing to these specially created companies, run by and employing for the most part former local government employees takes the responsibility for the inevitable shambles they fall into away from the Council.[/p][/quote]But not entirely. The whole point of private companies is they have the chance to fail as well as succeed. That is the brutal truth of commerce. Companies like this appear to be neither one thing nor the other. If the management is not running the business on a sustainable commercial footing but the council provides a safety net with public money, what's their point?[/p][/quote]Agreed. Most are set up with questionable business plans that would fail to convince most bank managers to lend them money. Karlar
  • Score: 1

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