Royal Mail – Removal of Gambling Machines – Avoiding Debt and Connected Mental Health Issues

Royal Mail – Removal of Gambling Machines – Avoiding Debt and Connected Mental Health Issues

Royal Mail Group have informed the Union that they intend to remove all remaining gambling machines and will be communicating the following message;

“Gambling can be addictive, cause long term financial hardship and is linked to relationship breakdown and mental health issues. Furthermore, under RMG’s Business Standards, gambling is prohibited at work or on RMG premises. Employee clubs must abide by company rules, and although RMG has historically supported the use of gambling machines by sports, social and other employee run clubs, it has for some time not been consistent with RMG’s people wellbeing values. For this reason, many sites do not have gaming machines anymore and took local decisions to remove them. For the remainder of sites that still have the machines RMG asks that arrangements are made to remove gaming machines from all sites. This decision has been taken in consultation and is supported by the CWU and Unite CMA.

Sites identified as those where one or more gaming machines are present will receive an instruction requesting them to now work with local sports, social or other employee club representatives to arrange the removal of such machine/s. It is recognised that gaming machines have become a source of income for employee clubs and removal should be arranged in a sympathetic manner so that the ‘club’ has some time to investigate other  possible income streams. 

It is suggested that a period up to six months is negotiated for the removal. Issues to consider include timing removal to align with renewal dates for gaming licences, machine hire expiry/renewal dates and hire agreement termination notice periods.” [End]

The UK Charity ‘Mental Health Foundation’ inform us:-

  • One in four adults will have a mental health problem at some point in their life.
  • One in two adults with debts has a mental health problem.
  • One in four people with a mental health problem is also in debt.

Debt can cause – and be caused by – mental health problems. It’s tempting to just not think about it – it can be uncomfortable and can make those involved feel guilty, depressed – or even hopeless and at worst suicidal . But sorting money problems out can help people to feel better – and to stay well.


  • Don’t ignore debt – it will only get worse.
  • Explain your problems to someone you trust.
  • Be sure to get expert independent advice.
  • Take control of your money and spending.

People gamble for a whole range of reasons. While gambling moderately is not a problem, gambling can become an addiction and can be harmful to people’s mental health. People should limit the amount of time they gamble. This will give them time to do other, more important things with their life.  

National Debtline

Get free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt problems in the UK from the Gov.UK National Debtline 
Telephone: 0808 808 4000
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm
Saturday, 9:30am to 1pm

Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB281 Royal Mail – Removal of Gambling Machines – Avoiding Debt and Connected Mental Health Issues

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