Workers fear for future at St David’s Hall

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Workers at one of Cardiff’s most legendary venues fear they may lose union recognition.

Staff at St David’s Hall (pictured above), including some who have worked there for more than 30 years, have been told by incoming operator AMG Live Nation that unions will no longer be recognised.

The venue, which has played host to stars from Tom Jones to Elton John, is currently closed due investigations into Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) being discovered at the premises.

It is in the process of being handed over to AMG by Cardiff Council which claims it can no longer afford the running costs.

A worker at St David’s Hall said: “I have been a member of a trade union working for Cardiff Council for more than 30 years and, through no choice of my own, this could come to an end.

“It’s vital to me and all my colleagues that we know we have the support of our union in the workplace.

“UNISON has always been there for us and, without that safety net, we are all vulnerable.”

UNISON Cardiff branch secretary Emma Garson said: “UNISON was shocked and appalled when AMG confirmed it was not going to honour Cardiff Council’s long and proud history of trade union relations.

“By supporting staff in all aspects of workplace discussions, trade unions can help to resolve issues before they escalate.

“This would also benefit the employer in the long run.”

UNISON Cymru/Wales regional secretary Jess Turner said: “UNISON was a key driver behind the social partnership bill brought in by the Welsh Government earlier this year to place workers voices at the heart of decision making in Wales.

“If AMG wants to expand in Wales, then it must be prepared to enter into meaningful engagement with unions.”