Following a successful evening picket in January, Brighton Benefits Campaign invites all friends, comrades and supporters to meet up with us for a late-night visit to cynical workfare exploiters Grosvenor G Casino. On Saturday 1st March we will be in the King & Queen from 9pm, setting off to the picket at around 11pm.
Not content with making millions from punters, Grosvenor G Casinos in Brighton are exploiting the unemployed to cut their wages bill, forcing them to work until the early hours and even taking any tips they earn!
Following their acquisition of a further 19 gaming houses last year, Grosvenor Casinos now run 55 casinos across the country, making them by far the largest casino operator in the UK. They can also boast that, despite the ‘challenging’ economic climate, they succeded in increasing their operating profits by 19% to £47 million last year.
But the success of Grosvenor Casinos, like much of the hospitality and leisure industry (which is so important to the Brighton economy) is based on low pay and hand outs from tax payers.
Grosvenor Casinos pay out over £103 million in wages and national insurance contributions (a sum which of course includes the multi-million pound salaries of its directors and senior managers), and they employ nearly 11000 workers. Thus many of their workers earn on average substantially less than £9,000 a year – despite many having to work anti-social hours.
In order to survive most of Grosvenor Casinos’ employees will therefore have to either find a second job or claim several thousand pounds in the form of in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefits. As a result most if not all of Grosvenor Casinos £47 million profits is paid by the taxpayer!
Not content with this, Grosvenor Casinos is now getting involved in the Government’s workfare schemes. Under the threat of losing their right to benefits for up to three years, workfare requires the unemployed to work for their benefits.
Employers like Grosvenor Casinos thereby obtain free labour paid for by the tax payer. Their paid workers face having their hours cut or they may even be sacked and replaced by those on workfare. It’s easy to see why Grosvenor G are so keen to get involved. Their wage costs can be cut and profits increased. All paid for by us.
In their recruitment advertisments Grosvenor Casinos are reluctant to state their pay rates – they just claim that they offer ‘competitive rates of pay’. The truth is that it’s their workers who are being forced to compete – against people obliged to work for what is effectively less than two pounds an hour.
However it is possible to change this situation. Taking action against companies and organisations exploiting workfare DOES have an effect. Pickets cut their profits and publicity damages their public image. Many have withdrawn from the schemes.
Join us in telling Grosvenor G Casinos to be one of them.