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Betfred agree to extra redundancy payout

30 June 2016

BETFRED have agreed to pay nearly £500,000 to their Wigan call centre staff who lost their jobs when the bookmaker closed the centre just before Christmas last year. 
After a social media campaign which included The Justice for Betfred Workers Facebook page and pressure from the Unite union and its lawyers Betfred have agreed to pay 88 workers extra redundancy packages totalling £469,000. 
The employees had claimed when Betfred bought the government-owned bookmaker Tote five years ago for £265m their terms of employment including enhanced redundancy carried over. 
Betfred disputed this when they closed the Wigan Park call centre, leading to Unite starting a campaign, backed by local MPs, to get their full redundancy pay. 
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 bosses into doing the right thing. 
“We had the backing of our local Labour councillors and MPs who made written representations to the company.” The payout means the low-paid workers will get an individual average payout of about £5,300. 
A spokesman for Betfred said: “Closing the call centre was a difficult decision but it was no longer viable with the shift “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the staff and wish them all the best in their future careers.”

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