Casino Regina employees prepared to strike

There could be labour unrest at Casino Regina.

Unionized workers will be in a legal strike position as of midnight Friday after efforts to negotiate a fair contract with the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation have failed.

Outstanding issues include a fair wage increase and a change in policies that unfairly penalize workers who face an unexpected work absence.

In a release, the union says workers at the Casino deserve to be treated with respect and that the last offer presented was one that doesn’t even keep up with inflation which is not acceptable.

A statement from SaskGaming and Casino Regina says:

“The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has obtained a strike mandate from its members and must provide 48-hours’ notice to SaskGaming prior to taking job action. PSAC is SaskGaming’s largest bargaining unit with approximately 335 employees. This unit consists of gaming employees at Casino Regina, including dealers, table games supervisors, customer service representatives, maintenance mechanics, slot attendants and casino technicians. SaskGaming remains committed to the bargaining process with PSAC and are confident a fair and reasonable deal can be found at the bargaining table. As part of our commitment to bargaining in good faith, the corporation will not comment on details of the bargaining process.”

Members have been without a contract since the beginning of 2017.

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