The Council has received formal notice that a small number of lifeguards are to go on strike on the following dates:

Saturday, January 11 2020

Tuesday, January 14 2020

Saturday, January 18 2020

Tuesday, January 21 2020

Saturday, January 25 2020

Tuesday, January 28 2020

The industrial action relates to a dispute over a pay grading review and involves up to 13 members of the Unite union. An offer to continue talks to end the action has been made.

Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the swimming programme.

Any changes will be publicised on the leisure centres’ social media channels:

Blackburn Leisure Centre – Facebook

Darwen Leisure Centre – Facebook

Any groups affected will be contacted directly.

Denise Park, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“Our lifeguards are highly valued members of staff and they perform an important role.  All Council roles are assessed using a recognised nationally agreed job evaluation scheme and we regret that these officers are unhappy with the outcome of their pay and grading assessment.”

The Council currently employs 25 lifeguards at both sites.

BwD Leisure gyms provide a fantastic fun environment to help you on your fitness journey no matter what your level of fitness. All gyms house industry leading equipment, with a broad range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights and performance training equipment.

At BwD Leisure we are passionate about ensuring our gyms provide the best training environments for our members and we constantly seek to develop our team and facilities to ensure our members don’t miss out on any new training techniques.

BwD Leisure gyms are located at the following centres:

Monday – Friday 6.30am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm
Monday – Friday 6.30am – 10pm
Saturday 8am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm
Monday – Friday 6.30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm

For more information on any of our gyms please email us at bwdleisure@blackburn.gov.uk or drop into your nearest centre anytime for a look around.