Unifor reaches “tentative” strike agreement with Great Canadian Entertainment

By Gambling Insider

Strikes at two Great Candian Entertainment, previously Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, casinos appear to be nearly over, as trade union Unifor confirms “tentative agreements” have been signed.

Unifor members at Great Canadian’s Pickering Casino Resort and Casino Ajax have been on strike since 29 July, calling for wage increases, improved benefits and pensions for staff including table games, slots and security workers.

Additionally, the union called for the conversion of part-time positions into full-time roles, a move that was designed to increase “the share of good, stable jobs.”

An end to the strike action would appear to be on the horizon, with details of the agreements reached expected to be disclosed after the 5 August membership ratification vote.

Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne said: “My sincere congratulations to the Local 1090 members, who took on a powerful employer to fight for what was fair.”

Unifor previously reached agreements to avoid strike action at Great Canadian’s Great Blue Heron Casino, Casino Woodbine, Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, Elements Casino Mohawk and Elements Casino Brantford. 

Local 1090 President Corey Dalton said: “These were tough negotiations and we were able to get to a tentative agreement because members took a principled stand for better working conditions.

“Gaming sector workers deserve fairness during these uncertain economic times.”

This week, Great Canadian rebranded as Great Canadian Entertainment, as the company revealed a new corporate website and loyalty rewards programme.

The name change reflects the gaming and hospitality operator’s focus on setting “a new industry standard for gaming entertainment in Canada.”

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