No Happy New Year for Wirral Bingo Hall Employees

  • 17 Jan 13
  • Written by Deena Chance

altLosing your job is definitely not the best way to start the New Year, but that’s exactly what happened to the employees of a bingo hall in the Wirral last month. Embassy Bingo, which is situated on Borough Road in the Seacombe area, finally closed its doors on 30th December 2012. The club was owned by Duffy Leisure Ltd, who took over from the previous owners just 18 months ago, and the company only broke the bad news to Embassy’s staff on Christmas Eve.

One of the club’s employees is a grandmother-of-two, who has worked there as a cashier for the last 36 years, and says that the owner of Duffy Leisure Ltd “called a meeting on Christmas Eve and said the bingo hall will be closing.” June Hunter went on to add that the owner told them that he simply didn’t have the money to continue running it, and whilst none of the employees had received any formal notification letter, he advised them to contact the citizens advice bureau.

Understandably, June and the rest of the Embassy team feel that they have been “treated appallingly,” having not been given any notice, nor offered any redundancy payment. Several of the staff, like June, have worked at the club for many years, and felt forced to continue working until the final day because they needed the money. June says that she and her colleagues are taking advice from the citizens advice bureau as to what they should do next, and that they are “all standing together” because of the way that they’ve been treated.

One of June’s colleagues is 45-year-old Paula Lavery, from Moreton, who has worked at the club since she was 16 years old, and had notched up 17 years’ service there. She too says that the staff feel they have been “treated badly,” and says that the owner wasn’t even prepared to talk through the issue, let alone send his employees a Christmas card. Paula says that she’s still in shock about the club’s closure, has no other job to go to, and that she hasn’t stopped crying since the news was broken on Christmas Eve.

Even more upsetting is the fact that Paula and the staff say that they heard rumours about the impending closure from the club’s customers before they were actually informed themselves by the owner.

When a local Wirral paper attempted to contact Duffy Leisure Ltd for their side of the story, no-one was available for comment.

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