Another Canadian casino strike looming
Canada's casinos can't seem to catch a break. Workers at Hard Rock were on strike earlier this year before they were able to reach a deal with the casino's executives. Gateway, a controversial casino operator in the country, just emerged from a strike that lasted around five months. Now, another strike could be coming very soon. Workers at two casinos in British Columbia have reportedly agreed to walk out in protest over salary discrepancies.
The workers are represented by the same union that was involved in the Gateway strike - the British Columbia Government and Services Employees' Union (BCGEU). The union made the announcement via its Twitter page, stating that employees of Starlight Casino and Grand Villa are moving forward with their threat to strike. 88.6% of the Grand Villa employees voted in favor of the action, while 78% of the Starlight employees put their support behind it.
The strike would come just ahead of the busy holiday season when casinos typically see a lot of their action. The timing of the strike might be the catalyst necessary to force executives to sit down with the union and hash out their differences in order to avoid taking serious losses during the season.
The resolution seen in the Hard Strike has, in essence, been the impetus for all future strikes. Employees saw their wages increase anywhere from 5% to 31%, based on pay scale, and pension plans were introduced. Now, all employees at the area casinos are hoping to achieve the same results.