Liberty Stadium stewards want greater share of its success
The success at the Liberty Stadium is failing to filter down to some of its workers, according to stewards.
While the Swans are flying high in the Premier League, and the Ospreys continue their European journey in the Heineken Cup, some of the staff who help to keep fans safe say they feel overlooked and taken for granted for by stadium managers.
They claim not to have had a pay rise in eight years, or protection if injured while on duty.
One steward said: “The general perception that the Liberty Stadium is a great success story for employment in this area is flawed by the attitude of Swansea City Management.
“Within the stadium there are now hundreds of people who work as stewards to support our successful football and rugby teams.
“Unfortunately, these people have had their loyalty and goodwill abused, in that we have had no pay rise in the past eight years for all stewards.
“Apart from jackets and tabards, no uniforms are provided, when we are expected to wear black trousers and shoes.
“We get no sick pay, no financial protection if injured during the course of their duties, and there is no food allowance offered or meal breaks.”
Liberty Stadium managers say stewards salaries are adjusting themselves after an above average pay scale when it first opened in 2005.
A spokesman said: “Swansea Stadium Management Company which runs the stadium
employ a large pool of stewards who work at both football and rugby matches at the Liberty Stadium.
“Many of the current safety team have been employed since the Stadium opened and enjoy terms and conditions which are regularly reviewed and are in line with comparable venues . “Furthermore the Stadium directly employs its stewards which provides local people with employment opportunities in Swansea and all stewards are encouraged to develop within the safety structure that is in place. “Stewards are provided with uniform and furthermore receive NVQ training free of charge which enables them to use their skills at other venues should they so wish. The Stadium Management Company values its workforce and its approach to the development and management of stewards is widely recognised as a model of good practice in the sector.”