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.