Job cuts coming to the Montreal Casino

The Montreal Casino is going to be cutting the equivalent of 123 jobs over the next 4 to 6 weeks. The announcement was made by the Confédération des syndicats nationaux Friday morning.

In a press release CSN president of the general union Stéphane Larouche stated “including managers, the number of people working at the Casino was 3 249 in 2010 and was 2 830 last November.”  A total of 13% of jobs have been cut in the last 3 years.

In 2009 31% of security employees were cut, followed by another 12 in 2011 and now the sector will lose the equivalent of 4 full time positions. Riccardo Scopelleti president of the union representing security workers says since 2009 he’s seen nothing but job loss in his sector.

Scopelleti says that with the new provincial budget, Quebec Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau is looking towards Loto Quebec to produce more money. He says the last couple of years the casino has seen lower revenue which was not considered.

According to Scopelleti the marketing strategy has gotten away from the old time customers and regulars who are now being neglected. It’s now being pushed towards a younger generation with a more sombre looking bar scenario. He says in the process the casino has forgotten the older clientele which was the bulk of their day time revenue.

Scopelleti says morale is at it’s all time low, and with less personnel on the floor there is no doubt customers will see a negative effect on the service provided.

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  1. Angela posted on 02/21/2014 09:37 PM
    Oh well they are just getting what they deserve. They robbed the people blind.
    I don't trust them at all. How many customers have lost everything, lost their families, and lost their lives because of this Casino. Now that the regulars have no money left and are still paying their casino debts off the casino is crying. Great for them! All you see there now are 18 yrs olds who don't have the money to keep the Casino going. I hope they go out of business like they deserve!
  2. clint posted on 02/22/2014 11:41 AM
    "the number of people working at the Casino was 3 249 in 2010 and was 2 830 last November"
    How many employees does a casinos in Vegas have ?....3000 employees seems a little heavy. But then again the taxpayer is paying so who cares.
    Probably could keep all those laid-off workers and fired 5 management and save the same amount.
  3. Garth posted on 02/22/2014 06:41 PM
    It is well known that the Montreal Casino has the worst odds of any Casino in North America. none of the big money boys come here to gamble.
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