A total of 31 Unite members at the borough’s five centres, run by council contractor Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), will decide between August 27 and September 27 whether to take industrial action.
Unite claims wages owed have gone unpaid, as has annual leave, and workers have had their hours changed unilaterally, partly due to the closure of the Bridge Leisure Centre.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) has ‘form’ in showing themselves to be no different to any other private sector employer.
“The closure of the Bridge Leisure Centre was a huge blow. In addition to the impact on staff, there is the detrimental effect on the community. This includes schools and charities who relied on the services at the centre to assist and help disabled children.
“The answer is staring Lewisham council in the face - take the service back in-house – it would be the best for all concerned the council taxpayer, the public and the staff.”
The union further alleges that contractual redundancy enhancements have gone unpaid.
The centres affected are Wavelengths Leisure Centre, Forest Hill Pools, Glass Mill Leisure Centre, and Ladywell Arena.