Star City workers struggle continues

February 20, 2010

The struggle for wage justice by workers at the Star City Casino in Sydney continued with strikes on February 11 and Chinese New Year (February 14).

The workers are members of the LHMU.

More than 70 dealers held a one hour stoppage during the opening of the Casino's new Baccarat section on February 11.

However, unlike the previous three one-hour stoppages, this time management did not attempt to lock workers out. In a retreat from their previous stance, Star City management allowed striking workers to return to work.

On February 12, Star City failed in its attempt to have the Industrial Relations Commission stop another strike taking place on Chinese New Year.

The workers went ahead with the planned action and stopped work for 24 hours .

Star City continues to offer the workers a paltry 2% pay rise.

Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement have now been ongoing for over eight months.

The industrial action follows other strikes that took place late last year.

Top executives of the casino are paid $2.6 million. Casino revenue was up 11.6% for the last quarter, and $575 million is being spent on renovations to the facility.

Yet Star City says it can only afford to give its workers a pathetic 2% pay rise.

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