|Issue No 110||07 September 2001|
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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