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Wimbledon night shift workers paid the same as day shift workers

You'd think somewhat antisocial hours might merit a bit of a payhike

Casual workers are being paid the same hourly rate for night shifts as day shifts, and it's well below London's living wage.

What it means: There are no official regulations around paying people more for night shifts, but it's definitely a common thing –the logic being that it's worth a little more compensation for someone to throw off their body clock to do the job.

Not so, says Wimbledon. It's the single largest annual sporting catering operation in Europe, serving 22,000 bottles of champagne, 300,000 glasses of Pimm's, and 165,000 portions of strawberries and cream to around 500,000 attendees over the fortnight.

Compass, the company supplying the catering service, is employing 1,800 people for the event. Beforehand, something called the All England Lawn and Tennis Croquet Club met to decide the rates they'd pay across tournaments like this, and seems to have decided night workers didn't need more compensation than day workers despite the unusual hours.

One officer from the union GMB said it's likely got to do with the fact that these companies are all bidding the organisers for contracts, and ned to minimise their costs as much as possible to maximise the likelihood of winning the deal.

Read the full story: The Guardian

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