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Unite members and supporters protest outside William Hill in Boar Lane - photo Iain Dalton

Unite members and supporters protest outside William Hill in Boar Lane – photo Iain Dalton

Managers for William Hill across the country are set to lose upto £6,000 from their salaries as the company undergoes a restructure. Whilst shop floor staff have been brought up to the Tory ‘living wage’ of £7.20, the companies top managers seem to believe that this justifies sacrificing the pay of long-serving staff as the gambling market, like retail is being squeezed.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

This move has seen Unite the Union respond with a series of protests outside William Hill stores across the country. In Leeds, protesters leafletted outside the shop on Boar Lane.

The protest got strong support from passing members of the public, several of whom stopped to help us leaflet other people passing by.

One former William Hill worker, who whilst passing offered their support, simply told us – “they’re an awful company to work for.” Workers in bookies, like William Hill, are put under a lot of pressure, handling large sums of cash sometimes with just one person in the store.

The Socialist Party supports Unite’s attempts to organise these workers and gain a decent wage and working conditions.

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