Stewards well looked after, say Liberty Stadium bosses
Liberty Stadium bosses have hit back at claims that stewards who work the venue are missing out on the feelgood factor generated by the success on the pitch.
Workers who help to keep Ospreys and Swans fans safe while watching their teams had contacted the Evening Post to say they felt overlooked by the stadium’s management, and claimed they had not had a pay rise in eight years.
They had also alleged they were not provided with full clothing allowance, or provided with financial protection if injured during the course of duties.
But managers have hit back by countering the allegations, and highlighting the fact they employ their stewards from the local area - unlike many other stadia.
They also point out that stewards are provided with free NVQ Level 2 training, which enables them to find employment not just at the stadium, but elsewhere.
And while they acknowledge that workers have not been offered a pay rise since the stadium opened eight years ago, they also confirm that pay rates offered employees when it first opened its doors were ‘significantly’ higher than they had been at the Vetch Field, and in excess of rates paid elsewhere for comparable jobs.
Liberty Stadium general manager Andrew Davies said: “The Stadium Management Company prides itself on its management of its match day staff, and the opportunity it provides for employment in the local economy.
“The fact we never have any issues with recruiting staff is a reflection of this.
“We have a very loyal and experienced workforce who largely values the opportunity that the stadium brings for a second and third income into a household.”
Mr Davies said all stewards are covered by employers liability insurance while on duty at the stadium, and they are provided with all the uniform they need to fulfil their duties - including tie and wet weather work wear, where appropriate.
And although there is no obligation to provide a food break, as stewards work on average five hours, they company nevertheless provides a self-run facility for stewards to buy discounted tea, coffee and snacks, and allows welfare breaks.
Food, drinks and breaks are provided at other events such as concerts, however.
Mr Davies added: “The current rate of pay is still in excess of the minimum wage, and furthermore stewards now receive ‘holiday pay’ on top of their basic hourly rate.
“It should not be forgotten that the stadium employs in excess of 300 local people in match day operational roles alone”.