Claret and Hugh understand that the stewarding company who will take over responsibility for match day stewards is struggling to recruit enough experienced West Ham stewards to fill the match day event roles for next season. West Ham stewards, some of which have worked for the club for over 20 years were asked to re-apply for their jobs with the guarantee of an interview with the new company.
Claret and Hugh understands that not enough of the current workforce have taken up this offer with some saying that some terms and conditions and flexibility has changed within the new roles when they move to the former Olympic Stadium. Stewards that Claret and Hugh have spoken say they understand that the new stewarding company will be present at the Liverpool home game on 2nd January to speak to them to encourage them to join, although they say they have received nothing in writing to confirm this will happen and it only word of mouth amongst the stewards.
When we asked the club for an official comment on the subject we were told that recruitment of stewards for next season is a matter for the LLDC and E20 Stadium LLP and not themselves so they couldn’t comment.
LLDC and Newham council who own the Stadium have created a company called E20 Stadium LLP who have contracted French firm Vinci to operate the stadium who have in turn sub contracted the match day stewarding to the former cleaning company called OCS.
A spokesperson for the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park told Claret and Hugh:
“We are in the process of recruiting stewards and with eight months still to go until West Ham United play their first match at the Stadium we have no doubt that we will have all the stewards in place by then. This summer the Stadium has hosted several major events at which a full complement of stewards welcomed 500,000 spectators.”
A West Ham club source added: “I did see some familiar faces when I was there for Rugby World Cup (which was well stewarded for 50k people) so some have definitely already started working there.”