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Sean Graham boss hits out at union after National day strike

12 April 2016

SEAN GRAHAM have slammed the Unite union after a strike went ahead on Saturday, the busiest day of the year for bookmakers. 

The bookmaker’s general manager Chris Deer y criticised Unite for encouraging punters to bet with other firms, while claiming that most of the firm’s staff are happy with a new pay offer. 

“The decision of some staff to strike meant front-line reorganisation, but every shop was open,” he said. “It wasn’t our wish for staff to miss out on the most fun day in the racing calendar. 

“Currently just 23 per cent of total staff are involved in strike action and many union members are now working. Unite have bolstered picket lines with interest groups and, perversely, have told our customers to bet with our competitors, who pay less than we’re proposing, particularly those paying an under-25- years-of-age rate. We have offered £7.29 per hour, not £6.70.” 

He added: “The continuation of Unite to orchestrate a strategy to turn away customers from our doors will potentially result in shop closures and job losses. Our pay proposal is the maximum we can offer to our staff. As it stands, 77 per cent of staff would like to accept the 10.24 per cent, two-year pay deal. 

“We’d urge Unite to acknowledge that, and hope that with the number of union members and non-union members working, they’ll now be recommending acceptance of our proposal.”

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