Workers made redundant from the BetFred call-centre in Wigan will split a £469,978 payout from their employer after the betting company initially denied them redundancy pay.
The 88 workers will receive an average of £5,300 after Unite, the union representing them, challenged BetFred’s denial of redundancy pay following the call-centre’s closure last year.
Unite’s 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”.
A Facebook group, called ‘Justice for BetFred Workers’, attracted hundreds of followers, and the cause found support from local MP Lisa Nandy.
Unite regional officer Donna Kassim said: “Together with the workforce we mounted a social media campaign to shame BetFred bosses into doing the right thing”.
“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.”
BetFred became one of Wigan’s largest employers after acquiring the call-centre from Totepool before last November’s closure when around 100 jobs were lost.
At the time, Labour MP Lisa Nandy released a statement describing the job losses as ‘deeply disappointing’.
She added that: “Many of the staff at the site have worked for the Tote for many years and have been the backbone of the business.
“For the company to refuse to honour the terms of their original contracts is a betrayal of hardworking staff who deserve better”.
TNT Business Lewis Chapman