Filed: Monday, 3rd October 2016
By: Staff Writer
The number of stewards who migrated with West Ham to the Olympic Stadium and remain in their position is down to less than 60, after yet more walked out in protest at working conditions last week.
According to a KUMB source, there were just 56 stewards working the Middlesbrough game on Saturday who came from the Boleyn Ground - down from 350 at the end of last season. And that, says our source, is a result of the wowrking conditions imposed by stadium operators LS185.
"Three stewards that I have worked with for between eight and 20 years all resigned this week," revealed the source. "I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall. We had just 56 West Ham stewards working the Middlesbrough match today."
Despite implementing a number of policy changes after the standard of stewarding and security at the stadium was panned by supporters and the media, more than HALF of the original West Ham stewards remaining are understood to have walked out since the previous match against Southampton.
And there were further complaints about LS185's own stewards - not to be confused with those who used to work at the Boleyn Ground - following Saturday's 1-1 draw. One fan wrote to KUMB after the game to express his concerns about the inability of LS185's own staff to deal with problems effectively.
"During the second half a man tried to get on the pitch and the nearest steward - one of the new ones brought in - totally ignored him," wrote season ticket holder 'Paul'. "It took one of the ex-West Ham stewards to go from his position and stop the guy.
"The (ex-WHU) steward asked for help, but none of the other stewards went to his aid. Even a senior steward in a yellow jacket, who acted as if he was in charge, failed to respond.
"The fans around were shouting at the stewards to help, but they just stood there. This is totally unacceptable and if the 'new' stewards canít deal with a situation like that, then I would hate to think what would happen if there was a serious problem."
"Please can this be sorted out?"
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