Staff at bookmaker confirm strike dates to include Grand National day (April 9th)
Unite Community branches to bring forward rolling protests to shame Poverty Pay management
March 20th: Davy McMurray, Unite officer for staff in Sean Graham bookmakers has congratulated his members on the strength of their industrial action which occurred on two days (Tuesday and Friday) over Cheltenham week:
“SP Graham Ltd is a highly successful bookmaker. They can well afford to pay their workers a Living Wage. Their current offer leaves workers just nine pence an hour above the bare legal minimum and was overwhelmingly rejected by the workforce.
“Management at SP Graham have completely underestimated the determination of their workforce to obtain a Living Wage. On Friday we witnessed the second day of strike action in what should have been a highly profitable week for the bookmakers.
“Attempts to undermine the strike by employing administrative staff at counters failed as punters displayed their solidarity with the striking workers and stayed away in their droves. While this was a powerful display of worker power and solidarity; this strike was entirely avoidable and has resulted in unnecessary damage to the company.
“As the largest union in Britain and Ireland, Unite provides strike pay to workers in industrial disputes; such is the support for the workers in this case that the difference between that strike pay and the workers regular wages over the past week will be fully made up by solidarity donations from Unite branches across Northern Ireland.
“In the absence of any improved wage offer, workers have been left with no alternative but to escalate their industrial action. We have informed management of further strike dates on a number of Saturdays including Grand National Day on Saturday April 9th.
“In addition, Unite’s community branches will be launching a campaign of solidarity protests highlighting the ‘scrooge-like’ behaviour of SP Graham management. SP Graham need to get serious about addressing the poverty pay they offer staff”, Mr McMurray concluded.