Casino workers in Macau Demanding a raise

In Macau, around 200 casino workers reportedly staged a demonstration on Monday calling for a 5% pay increase and legislation that would allow unions to call for attacks and better represent their members.

According to a report from GGRAsia, the rally was organized by Professionals For Gaming Of New Macau in an attempt to force the government to call on casino operators to give staff a raise.

“We are calling for a raise not only for the gaming table but also for the rest of the casino employees,” Cloee Chao, President for Professionals For Gaming Of New Macau told GGRAsia.

Chao reportedly explained that most members of his activist group are dealers or casino supervisors with the group petitioning the government two months ago calling for salary increases to help reduce the impact of local inflation. Citing official figures from the city’s Statistics And Census Service, he stated that the composite average consumer price index has swelled by 2.56% year-on-year since November 2015 while only Sands China Limited, which is a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Macao, The Paris Macao and Sands Cotai Central, so far announced salary increases.

“We show at this point because this month is when gaming companies sum up their earnings for the entire [previous calendar] year and usually, if they have plans to raise their salaries, they will announce it around Chinese New time of the year,” said Chao GGRAsia. “We will collect signatures from our game worker members to return to pay for more call hikes if we still don’t hear about it after Chinese New Year. We will take even bigger stunts. What we mean by this greater action is that we may reveal our calls through shows at the casino. ”

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Chao stated that his group also called for the introduction of laws to better regulate trade union activities, which is a sentiment supported by DPRD members Au Kam San Antonio and Ng Kuok Cheong. Although Macau gives people the freedom to form and join unions and to withdraw their workforce in the event of disputes, there has not yet been an enabling law to be passed that guarantees workers have the proper tools to negotiate with their employers.

GGRAsia reports that the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staffs Association, which is affiliated with the influential Macau Federation Of Trade Unions, has also joined the call for a raise for the city’s casino workers. At a separate Monday, the group’s director general, Choi Kam Fu, reportedly told Teledifusão De Macau radio and television broadcaster that his union is set to propose a 5% to 7% salary increase for 2017.

“As the gaming industry has stabilized, we think there are conditions for casinos to adjust [workers’ salaries] to cover inflation,” said Choi Teledifusão De Macau.