Croupiers and card dealers from Loto-Québec’s facility de Montreal went on a “unlimited general strike” to protest the facility’s working conditions after they were unable to reach an agreement with the administration of the casino.
Workers at the Montreal Casino began their picket on Saturday morning at nine o’clock by leaving their jobs in protest. The strike follows two work stoppages that lasted for a total of eight hours throughout the course of the previous weekend. The union has stated that they anticipate that the strike will continue until such time as the negotiations result in an agreement that is to everyone’s satisfaction.
In a statement that was released not too long ago, Loto-Quebec, the gaming operator and regulator for the government of the province of Quebec, voiced its “disappointment” on the strike. According to Loto-Quebec, “operations at the casino will continue as normal” and “clients will have access” to the Montreal location during the power outage.
“Poker tables, restaurants, slot machines, and entertainment are all operating as usual; however, the lounge where poker is played is now closed.” “Poker tables, restaurants, slot machines, and entertainment are all operating as normal.”
The union has expressed major concern over the number of injuries that have been brought on as a result of rigorous work schedules. The workloads of the merchants have reportedly caused ailments such as tendinitis in fifty percent of the workforce, as reported by the union.
It has been stated that croupiers deal up to 10,000 cards in the course of a single workday. Croupiers are encouraged to deal cards at a faster pace since a quicker game speed results in more income for the casino. The vast majority of these dealers put in anywhere from five to six days’ worth of work each week.
It was said in a statement that was issued to the CBC by Jean-Pierre Proulx, a union consultant for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), that the position “needs lengthy hours of standing.”
There is also the possibility that freshly hired people will begin their jobs with reduced beginning salary. According to the findings of the union, in order for dealers to put in the equivalent of a full week’s worth of work, they put in less hours per day for a total of six days.
This problem is made much more difficult by the fact that Loto-Québec is advocating for a wage drop of ten percent for newly employed dealers. According to the labor union, this would lead to a reduction in the hourly wage for new employees, lowering it down from C$18.40 to C$17.44, which the union considers to be unacceptable.
The parameters that were provided during the negotiations, according to Loto-Quebec’s argument, were equivalent to those that had previously been authorized by CUPE at the other casinos operated by the crown company.
Loto-Quebec was accused by the union of carrying out “hundreds of hidden layoffs” after the firm neglected to recall all of the live casino dealers who had been let go as a result of the pandemic. This was the situation despite the fact that restrictions brought on by the coronavirus had been abolished at the casino back in February.
On the island of Notre Dame, you’ll find the Montreal Casino, which is the largest gambling establishment in the all of Canada. The strike will have no impact whatsoever on the operations of any of the other casinos owned and operated by Loto-Quebec.