MGM workers start a strike

Credits: scmp.com
Credits: scmp.com

MGM China workers have held different manifestations against operators.

Macau.- MGM casinos are facing major protests led by regular employees, who argue that they want equal payments, financial bonuses and better working conditions. Over 2,000 MGM workers have joined forces throughout the Chinese gaming city in order to set requests to the government.

“They have already exhausted many ways to raise the issue with their company, but this new casino still adopts those problematic tables despite previous calls. They also thought they would receive all overdue bonuses as encouragement when the new casino opened, but they still haven’t heard from their employer so far. They think further action is needed, other than a sit-in, some will kick off some industrial action to protest further”, Cloee Chao, president of the New Macau Gaming Staff Rights Association.

The Association is behind the organisation of the city’s protests which included croupiers, security guards, and food and beverage workers. MGM employees argue that the company has denied them “a pay rise despite increased revenue”, and they have complained of an “unfair” bonus policy.

The company answered through an official statement: “Consistent with our desire to provide a safe and positive working environment, we continue to be actively engaged in communicating directly with all our team members. We will have ongoing communication with the team members so as to improve the experience for both our team and guests.”

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