BetFred pays out £469,000 to 88 workers

Betfred - Totepool building, off Chapel Lane, Green Street, Wigan

Betfred - Totepool building, off Chapel Lane, Green Street, Wigan

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A total of 88 workers employed by BetFred in Wigan will receive a share of £469,000 after Unite, the country’s largest union, challenged the company when it denied its members their rightful redundancy pay.

This will mean an individual average pay out of about £5,300.

The low-paid workers, predominately women, supported by Unite launched a successful social media campaign to ‘name and shame’ BetFred, after the company refused to pay out enhanced redundancy payments to workers (formerly employed by the Tote bookmakers) who lost their jobs after the closure of the Wigan call centre last year.

Unite regional officer Donna Kassim said: “Despite our members having contracts of employment which outlined their terms and conditions and entitlement to redundancy pay the company refused to pay up.

“Together with the workforce we mounted a social media campaign to shame BetFred bosses into doing the right thing. The Justice for BetFred Workers Facebook page attracted hundreds of supporters expressing their solidarity and support.

“We also had the backing of our local Labour councillors and MPs who made written representations to the company over the behaviour of CEO John Haddock and the owner of BetFred, Fred Done.

Unite north west regional secretary Mick Whitley said: “Due to the hard work of our members and their lawyers, workers will now get the redundancy pay out that they are entitled to.

“This demonstrates the value of union membership and how joint action can empower the workforce to challenge employers who don’t respect the terms and conditions of employment.

“Unite has secured £469,978.65 in redundancy and notice payments for its members.”