UK based William Hill reportedly experienced a mass walkout by nearly 200 employees in Tel Aviv, Israel earlier today, according to a report by The Sun newspaper.
William Hill's online marketing and customer service functions are based out of the Tel Aviv branch. The Sun quotes members of William Hill's Israeli staff as being worried about losing their jobs, believing the gambling giant will be moving its Israeli branch to Malta.
An employee at the Tel Aviv center was quoted as saying: "Everyone's worried. The last two years have been really good. We all bought into the company's thinking, such as hating (rival group) Ladbrokes, but the situation has deteriorated and people are really worried about their jobs.
"All 180 staff walked out on Sunday, which is a working day here, and only 20 came back today."
Additionally, William Hill's Chief Marketing Officer in Israel Eyal Sanoff has quit the company.
William Hill issued a statement regarding the walkout, saying:
"Following newspaper reports today, William Hill plc can confirm that Eyal Sanoff, Chief Marketing Officer of William Hill Online's marketing team in Tel Aviv, resigned on 27 September.
"Several other senior managers in Tel Aviv are now subject to disciplinary actions in relation to the disruption this week within the marketing business in Tel Aviv, and in the customer service and back office operations in Manila and Bulgaria.
"Senior William Hill Online management are currently on the ground in Tel Aviv working through these issues, although it should be noted that the office in Tel Aviv will be closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to early next week, as normal, through the Jewish holiday period.
"The vast majority of employees of the marketing team in Tel Aviv have good working relationships with the business and with colleagues across William Hill Online. William Hill Online is committed to its sales and marketing operation in Tel Aviv and contrary to media reports has no intention of relocating this operation.
"William Hill Online can confirm that this situation is not directly affecting the availability of any consumer facing websites at present within the Group. There will be a further update as necessary."
William Hill is currently on pace to gain more than £100 million in profits this year. It is unknown what effect, if any, this walkout will have financially on the land and online based gambling giant.
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