Earlier this month Ladbrokes informed their workforce that some 1,000 of their shop fronts would be shut, resulting in up to 5,000 job losses. This announcement comes following a government decision to enforce a maximum stake on fixed odd betting terminals at £2.
In response to the news, Tom Blenkinsop, Operations Director for Community said:
“This news will be deeply worrying for the Ladbrokes workforce, and Community will be doing all we can to protect our members jobs. The change in legislation around FOBT stakes will clearly have an impact on the industry, but government and employers have a responsibility to ensure front line staff do not bear the brunt of the consequences.
“The numbers of jobs at risk mean that this process cannot be rushed, therefore Ladbrokes must extend the consultation period from 45 to at least 90 days. The company’s consultation document has caused real concern amongst of our members, with many believing that decisions have already been made to target those workers in betting shops outside the city centres.
“Ladbrokes must immediately engage with Community, the union for betting shop workers, to see if an alternative plan can be found to avoid job losses. The government also has a role to play, and must look at what support they can offer to workers whose jobs are at risk as an unintended consequence of changes to the law. Community will offer every assistance to our members throughout this difficult time.”