2019.08.11

As Layoffs Are Announced, Unifor Announces Its Frustration With Gateway Casinos

Unifor, the Canadian general trade union has expressed their disappointment with Entertainment Limited and Gateway Casinos after the company’s announcement of downsizing Casino Rama’s part time as well as full time employees. The company agreed not to dismiss its employees for a year, during the course of acquiring the casino in July of 2018. However, it immediately declared the layoffs as soon as the period ended.

Doing away with Jobs

65 full time and 5 part time employees of Casino Rama are set to be retrenched by Gateway. Commenting on the decision Jerry Dias, Unifor National President stated that Gateway is now ‘playing the game on its employees’ backs’ as it has already made profits from the privatization of Ontario’s casinos.

Consistent with a latest press release…

“With the replacement of excellent full time jobs with insecure employment by private operators, the casinos of Ontario are at a serious risk. Gateway will have to do more than its share if it wants to retain the support of the communities in which it operates” adds Mr Dias.

Acquirement

With the purchase of Casino Rama on 18 July 2018, British Columbia based Gateway Casinos increased their portfolio of gaming assets. They followed it up with plans of expanding within communities in Ontario. The company assured that they would not terminate any of the employees at site, within the first year. But the company grabbed the opportunity of terminating a bunch of employees as soon as the period came to an end.

Unifor expressed their apprehension in terms of the decision to sell the properties of Gaming Corporation and Ontario Lottery as well as the awarding of private operator license at the time of acquisition. With 315,000 employees in every important corner of the country, it automatically becomes Canada’s largest union in the private sector.  Around 8,700 people are linked with the union as casino employees.