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Bully Casino Locks Out Workers


The Gold Coast Casino will lock out all its gaming staff for three or four days, starting this weekend, just as it launches a new multi-million dollar high-roller's gambling room targeting some of Australia's and Asia's wealthiest punters.

There are lots of rumours and gossip around the big name gamblers expected at the Casino this weekend for the grand opening - with the highlight name - Australia's own Kerry Packer.

Jupiters Casino have said they will lock out gaming staff from Saturday night onwards, because LHMU Casino Union members want to wear badges telling the wealthy new gamblers about the poor pay earned by the people who serve them at the tables.

" If Jupiters Casino don't want to be embarrassed in front of these rich new punters they can solve it easily; sit down, talk and show us some respect," LHMU Casino Union Queensland Assistant Secretary, Irene Monro said today.

" Casino workers are outraged that the company has posted a $77 million profit, however the majority of table games employees have received no wage increase.

" The best show of respect would be if the Casino talked with union members about a better pay structure and a worthwhile enterprise agreement - and stopped putting forward plans to slash away at basic working conditions," Irene Monro said.

Third lock-out this year

This is the third time this year that Jupiters Casino has locked out its 500 gaming staff, who have been persistent in their campaign for their first ever enterprise agreement.

The LHMU Casino Union members have been involved in this campaign for six years.

" Jupiters is one of the most profitable Casinos in Australia and with the new high rollers room they expect to reap even more profits but they are not prepared to talk to our members," Irene Monro said today.

" Instead they have designed a management strategy to smash the will of the workers to stand together to demand their rights, to demand respect.

" The Jupiter Casino gaming staff are among the lowest paid casino workers in Australia. "

The US multinational gaming and resort giant, Park Place Entertainment Corporation, runs and operates 21 casinos around the world including Jupiters.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Cast Adrift
Ethnic Communities Council chair Salvatore Scevola gives his take on the Tampa saga and the underlying attitudes driving the debate.
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*  Workplace: Coming to Australia
Jagath Banderra recounts his own experience as a new arrival in Australia entering the workforce.
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*  Human Rights: Long Road to Nowhere
Iraqi refugees travel the same tortuous road as Afghans. The refugees on the Tampa have almost certainly endured a similar ordeal.
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*  Immigration: Experience Required
Veronica Apap looks at the many difficulties migrants face in having their skills recognised in Australia.
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*  International: Why Economic Rationalism Isn't
The CFMEUs Phil Davey surveys the wreckage after 10 years of Brazil's Government doing what the free marketeers want.
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*  History: Johnny's Naruan Wet Dream
Rowan Cahill looks at how Australia's preferred refugee dumping ground's history is indelibly linked with our own.
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*  Unions: Getting the Message Out
Caroline Alcorso argues the integration of immigrant workers into the trade union movement has been a central issue in Australia’s post-war labor history.
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*  Work/Time/Life: Driven To The Edge
In the ACTU’S groundbreaking Fifty Families report there is one particularly sobering story. Frank tells how the modern workplace is driving some people to the fatal edge.
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*  Review: Whose Party?
NSW Labor’s century of successes began in 1910, as did the “middle classing” of Labor policy.
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*  Satire: Ethnic Wog Gangs Rape Everyone
People who are white in colour are being raped by people who are not white, an exclusive Chaser investigation found last week.
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»  FOI Seeks Royal Commission Papers
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»  Long Hours Corrode Family Life Says Study
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»  Medibank Workers 'Feel Bitter Now'
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»  Chronic Stress in Child Care
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»  It's a Steal! Workers Underpaid Since 1991
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»  WorkCover: Bell Rings for Round Two
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»  Transfield Fire Sale Threatens Entitlements
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»  Foot-And-Mouth Heroes Face The Boot
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»  Superannuation Warning to Labor
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»  Bully Casino Locks Out Workers
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»  Bra Wars: US Giant Quit Burma
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»  Sydney's Salsa for Saharawis
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»  Labor Council Revamps Online
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»  Get Ready to Wobble
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»  Activists' Notebook
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Columns
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Tampa Feedback
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»  Battling the Bullies
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»  Searching for John McNeill, Labor MP
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»  Tom Seeks Family Leave
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»  Spell Check
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»  Injured and Ripped Off
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