The trade union group protests against Melco Resorts

13 August 2018

According to reports, about 3,000 people gathered in Macau near the City of Dreams Macau complex hotel last Saturday to protest against the labor policy of the casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd.

The number of participants in the rally was announced by its organizer — the Professional for Gaming of New Macau, local group of activists.

The protesters demanded that Melco Resorts raise salary and a summer bonus for the company's employees. In addition, calls were made to improve the employer's contribution to the internal pension fund, as well as to strengthen the control of smoking in the casino.

On August 1, the same union group held a protest march regarding the labor policy of Melco Resorts. According to the organizers, 2,200 people took part in it. On the same day, Melco Resorts spokesman said that the company is ready to listen to its employees.

"We are proud to provide excellent working conditions for our employees, so we are ready for a constructive dialogue; making decisions on this case, we will take into account both internal and external factors" - said representative of Melco Resorts.

Last month, Professional for Gaming of New Macau, along with employees of Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd, appealed for a summer award to all employees of the company. Later, the company announced the issuance of a one-time bonus in the amount of a monthly salary and guaranteed tips for 97% of employees who do not occupy executive positions.

On July 13, the casino operator Wynn Macau Ltd announced the payment of a special bonus equal to one monthly salary for the majority of the staff. In June, a similar statement was made by Sands China Ltd casino operator.

In February, the MGM China Holdings Ltd gambling operator announced the issuance of a discretionary bonus in addition to a special bonus equal to the 14th salary to employees which do not occupy leading positions.

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