Casino workers strike ballot for better deal
The GMB today (8 June)
announced the first ever consultative strike ballot of Britain’s casino workers
at a fringe meeting today at the GMB Congress in Newcastle upon Tyne. A 3.2% pay
offer has been overwhelmingly rejected by the 2,000 staff in Stanley’s 41
casinos in England and Scotland.
The result of the consultative
ballot will be known on the Friday 17th June. Other issues that remain
outstanding with the new management will also be part of negotiations.
GMB members at Stanley’s casinos
work as croupiers, chefs, receptionists, cleaners, security and waiting staff
and in all areas of the industry earning as little as £10,000 a year.
Stanley’s operate casinos in 41
towns and cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Blackpool,
Derby, London, Luton, Leicester, Great Yarmouth, Margate, Liverpool, Wirral,
Lytham St Anne’s, Southport, Bolton, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry,
Birmingham, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Torquay,
Stanley’s recently sold off their
624 betting shops to William Hillfor £505 million. Stanley’s report a profit of
£26 million in their latest accounts (2004) and is hoping to expand its business
into mega casinos when the legislation allows.
Mick Ainsley, GMB Organiser said, “I
am disappointed to be in this position. GMB members in casinos have for far too
long been undervalued by their employer. They are fed up with Stanley’s failure
to deal with low pay in some areas in an industry that can’t claim to have no
money.3% of the population visit casinos and last years £28* billion was spent
in casinos last year.”