|Issue No 99||15 June 2001|
TAB Computers Push Bigger Bets
New voice recognition technology for phone betting could pressure small-time punters into becoming problem gamblers, workers inside the TAB have warned.
The concern surrounds a move by the TAB to force all those wanting to make phone bets worth less than $10 to deal with computers rather than people. Currently, punters with phone accounts can place bets as low as 50 cents with an operator.
The Australian Services Union's Michael Want says the move is a retrogrgade step for both staff and punters.
Wants says the workers have three major concerns:
- Job and income security for members
- Operators coping with the expected abuse from punters who wish to deal with a person not a machine
- a strong possibility that punters will be enticed to bet more.
The Labor Council is calling on all punters to take their frustration out on senior management rather than Phone TAB Operators by calling 9265 8211.
Wants says punters also need to be aware that over two hundred casual Phone TAB operators have taken redundancy as a result of the introduction of the new technology.
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