The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) members gathered, together with associates outside Crown Casino in Melbourne. They were protesting the imminent layoffs of gambling machine experts. The workers had an agreement with Crown Casino that will last them 20 years. Secretary of the ACTU, Sally McManus told ABC News that their contract of employment had come to an end. The last day of the contracts was on the 31st of July.
Crown Casino to Replace Positions
Crown Casino made a contract with Amtek Corporation which is a gaming machine manufacturer and servicer. They made an agreement to take over the jobs of the replaced employees for a lower rate of 30 percent less. Crown Casino plans to cut costs and make more savings. Cutting ties with the Australian Council of Trade Unions. McManus and the ACTU are not happy that inappropriate action was taken by the casino. They think that this could have been handled in a better manner.
McManus told ABC News that ACTU opposes Crown Casino’s layoffs on their merits alone. All that is taking place will affect the employees. The loss of a job is not an easy thing, there are bills to pay and a lot more. McManus led a group of more than 200 protesters from the State Library in Victoria going to the front of Crown Casino. He offered moral support to the employees that have been layed off. Employees are also advised to use social media to create more awareness about the issue.
Since social media is popular, the protest will be continued on these platforms to make sure that everyone’s cry is heard and the only thing they hope for is for the employees to get their jobs back. The new employees are already in at Crown Casino and they have started with their duties. Nothing has been done about the employees that are now left without jobs. It would have been good if the workers were warned earlier that they will lose their jobs so they can go look for new jobs. Crown Casino’s employees had another protest almost a year ago claiming they were getting insufficient pay for overtime.