Bartenders and card dealers on Friday night will be walking away from their jobs at the Crown Casino in Melbourne for two hours, to begin a series of industrial actions organised by unions.
United Voice members voted to take industrial action, the first to be seen at the casino in 16 years, after negotiating a new wage deal.
Negotiations have been going on for six months for a new enterprise bargaining agreement, but the casino and its staff have yet to reach an agreement.
One of the union’s bargaining objectives is to secure stable jobs; it said 70% of Crown’s workers are working in part-time or casual positions.
A Crown Casino spokesman spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald. They said: “We provide a flexible workplace which caters to thousands of staff who prefer to work on a part-time or casual basis.
“Where staff would like to work additional hours, we strive to provide them with the opportunity to increase their hours.”
United Voice said about half of Crown’s customer-facing employees were representatives and would join in the strike.
Derby Day, the Australian horseracing calendar’s first major event, is on Saturday and on Friday night staff must determine whether to start industrial action.
Also, at Crown’s Melbourne casino, Crown Resorts CEO John Alexander denied allegations of money laundering.
He blamed protesters for the publication of the storeys with an “anti-Crown agenda.”