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London Grosvenor Casino workers to go on strike; casinos may close

London Grosvenor Casino workers have voted in favour of strike action, running from Friday 9 September to Monday 12 September. 

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As a result, casinos across London may be forced to close this weekend, when all members of the Unite union for casino workers will take action to win a better wage. 

The strikes will commence at 18:00 hours on 9 September and run through until 06:00 on 12 September. 

Industrial action will affect Grosvenor Casinos' seven London-based casinos: The Victoria, The Rialto, The Gloucester, The Park Tower, The Golden Horseshoe, The St Giles and The Barracuda. 

The Unite union says that Grosvenor Casinos, part of Rank Group, can easily afford a more realistic offer to its workers, having made profits of £74m ($85.2m) so far this year. 

Grosvenor Casino employs around 150 workers across its venues, 91% of whom have rejected retention bonus payments offered to them of £600 and £800. 

The Unite members claim Grosvenor Casino’s offer is inadequate amid the growing cost of living crisis. 

Workers set to go on strike are primarily croupiers and dealers, but also include food and beverage waiting and kitchen staff.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Here we go again: Grosvenor Casinos is another big money company that is raking it in but refusing to pay its workers a wage that they can live on. It’s just not acceptable and this huge vote for action underscores the sense of anger across this workforce.  

“Our members at Grosvenor Casinos will have Unite’s full backing in this fight for a fair deal.” 

The union’s National Officer for the Hospitality Sector Dave Turnball added: “Grosvenor Casinos need to understand that this workforce is united, and more workers are joining Unite every day.  

“London is one of the most expensive cities on earth for workers to survive in, which is why the message from the members could not be clearer: only a substantial uplift in pay will do. 

“Grosvenor Casino’s chronic recruitment and retention issues prove that the current pay rates are just not sustainable. [Failure to] improve pay is just not an option.”

Gambling Insider reached out to Rank Group (Grosvenor's parent company) for comment; you can see the operator's comments here.

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