The renovation of Casino Canberra and the redevelopment of the city’s CBD is aimed at benefitting the local economy. While many local residents have been turned on to the benefits of the project, Casino Canberra staff members are not impressed with the way the casino operator has been spending its money.
Since the beginning of the year, Casino Canberra workers from various sectors have been negotiating with the senior executive team. They want a 3% raise for all staff involved in food service, security and surveillance, as the current minimum wage (which ranges between $19 and $22 per hour) is insufficient.
Although they have been at it for months, the staff have yet to see any progress; so, they have decided to take industrial action. This will come in the form of a number of different initiatives, such as opting to wear union t-shirts rather than uniforms.
“We are hoping that senior executives take a long-term view and deliver the fair wages our members are seeking,” says Lyndal Ryan, Secretary for United Voice ACT.
Aquis Entertainment, who is in charge of the redevelopment of Casino Canberra, is quite concerned about the industrial action. Executives are worried that it will have a negative impact on customer service – especially since Casino Canberra is now seeing many more visitors after its grand reopening this month.
Since the executive team feels threatened, the tables may turn for the staff members of Casino Canberra. However, it is too soon to tell whether they will receive their 3% raise or not. This is likely to be a long battle; and, we aim to keep you posted with further developments as they arise.