Clerks’ strike to hit Londonderry bookies on Gold Cup Day

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Clerks at Sean Graham bookies, in Londonderry, Claudy, Buncrana and Letterkenny, will strike over ‘poverty pay’ and staff safety on Gold Cup Day during the Cheltenham Festival, according to the trade union, Unite.

Strike action, which will take place across all shops in the group, is also planned for Champion Hurdle Day.

According to Davy McMurray, cashiers are 4/9 on to take action unless management address personal security fears among a largely female workforce and pay meet demands.

“Unite has repeatedly raised the need for improved security, including protective barriers in all workplaces but unfortunately management does not appear to have any sense of urgency in bringing forward the necessary investment.

“S.P. Graham bookmakers can well afford to invest in staff security and pay a Living Wage to its workers but instead management are intent on paying the lowest legal wage to their workforce.

“The workers at S.P. Graham bookies are showing all those striving on the minimum wage across Northern Ireland how to stand up to poverty pay employers. They voted unanimously in a recent ballot for strike action to commence during the Cheltenham festival. Management know what they need to do to avoid this action”, Mr McMurray concluded.