Betting shop workers

Community is proud of its diversity and equality. We represent members and their families across all industries and sectors in the UK. Unlike many other unions that specialise in specific job markets, Community is proud to be an inclusive organisation; welcoming anyone as a member, regardless of the sector they work in, how they work, or where they live. In this section we talk about some of the sectors we currently support.

Working with Betting Shops

Community is giving a voice to betting shop staff at independents and across all of the major chains. And we strive to ensure that all staff are respected and protected at work.

By joining Community with your colleagues, staff can start to benefit from a stronger voice – but to make a bigger impact, we need more betting shop workers like you to get involved to give us a better chance of making tangible positive changes at your workplace.

Community’s minimum standards campaign for working in betting shops led to us being recognised as a key industry stakeholder, and we worked with the employers on the Safe Bet Alliance that resulted in a 45% reduction in betting shop robberies in London. We’ve subsequently continued dialogue with the major employers in the sector around your safety and security.

Over the years, we have provided legal advice and representation to thousands of betting shop workers – and supported many more through grievance, disciplinary action and Employment Tribunals.

Community is demanding that all betting shop workers are not subject to verbal and physical abuse at work. And we won’t stop until there are the requisite safeguards in place to protect workers against this far-too-common incident.

All bookmakers should commit to improving the personal security and the working environment of all shop staff throughout the industry. Forms of behaviour that are regarded as being totally unacceptable anywhere else on the high street are at times viewed as being ‘part and parcel’ of the job of a betting shop worker. This is not okay.

There’s a long way to go to improve the working conditions in betting shops. Take the first step and join Community to add your voice to our campaign.

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