The GMB Union says they're pleased Birmingham City Council intends to honour equal pay settlements for women but is concerned about jobs and costs for users if the NEC group is sold off. The council says it can't afford to invest in the complex and help it grow.
Whilst happy that BCC intend to honour their obligations in respect of equal pay settlements we in the GMB have grave concerns that the NEC group is to be sold off to the private sector. This will inevitably lead to increased costs to the residents of Birmingham and the wider users of these prime facilities and could lead to either job losses or reduction in terms and conditions of employment.
Birmingham City Council has announced it is selling off the NEC group. The council, which is facing a £1.1 billion bill for equal pay settlements, says it wants to ensure its existing uses are preserved.
The venue is one of the biggest exhibition centres in Europe and also houses the 16 thousand seat LG Arena which hosts concerts and conventions.
Watch Callum Watkinson's report on the council's decision to put one of the city's best-loved assets up for sale.
Birmingham City Council have announced they will be reviewing their ownership of buildings within the NEC Group, including the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and the LG arena, in a bid to ease budget challenges.
The LG Arena alone boasts a capacity of up to 14,000 people. But after a review of their commercial holdings, the council may still decide to sell the venues to private buyers.
The council has disposed of assets to the value of £76m over the past two years consisting mostly of excess land and office accommodation.
Athletics champion Dame Kelly Holmes will be the guest speaker at the Woman of the Year Awards today.
The ceremony, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, honours the achievements of women in business.
She said she was delighted to be involved in the event.
"I find award ceremonies such as this hugely inspiring because every nominee will have a fantastic story to tell of the obstacles they have had to overcome,” she said.
“I will be talking about my own experiences and encouraging everyone not to be afraid to follow their instincts and to take a chance.
“I am sure it will be a fantastic event with hundreds of businesswomen who are working extremely hard to turn their ambitions into reality. I know I will be inspired further by hearing their own experiences.”