The casino has blamed “unfavourable economic conditions and a lack of poker machines” for the decision, and is hoping to achieve savings through voluntary redundancies from the end of this year.
ACT Branch Secretary of casino worker’s union United Voice Lyndal Ryan says the decision by Casino Canberra to reduce their operating hours will have a “devastating impact” on the lives of many workers at the Casino.
“Four workers will be made redundant and many more will lose casual shifts as a result of these changes,” says Ms Ryan.
United Voice delegate Bryan Kidman, who has worked at the Casino for ten years, says: “I feel for the people who will have their hours cut back, especially those who have worked at the Casino for a long time.
“Over time you get to know your co-workers, their lives and their plans for life outside work. You know when these people lose money many of their plans will have to go on hold – perhaps permanently.”
United Voice and Casino Canberra have commenced negotiations regarding the redundancies and cuts.