Bookie Betfred has backtracked on plans to force most branches to open late on Christmas Eve this year.
Insiders say shops had been ordered to open until 9pm, even though there were no big UK sports events on.
Sources say it was so the firm could make money from fixed odds betting machines.
One worker said: “I know of staff with young children who wouldn’t be able to put their children to bed on that of all days.”
Betfred claimed the original plan was for the vast majority of branches to close at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve, as well as Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Read the full story in today’s Mirror.