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Casinos in Macau seek to ban smoking

Lately, seven different organizations, representing Macau casino employees, have been making demands to ban smoking inside casinos. The organizations are also requesting the implementation of a trade union law and the right for collective bargaining.

Macau’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam Chong Weng, stated that the government is planning to ban smoking inside casinos, including smoking lounges.

Is was confirmed that by the first half of this year the bill will be finalized.

According to analysts this new law might have a negative effect on casinos revenue.

GS Casinos in Macau seek to ban smoking

Gambling operators have fallen under scrutiny from the labor activist group Forefront of Macao Gaming. The group accused them of over-controlling the dealers. The FMG complains that workers have been dealt an increased number of “warning letters” for small mistakes.

How do you feel now?

The president of these seven associations, Mr. Pereira Coutinho, considers that the trade union law will facilitate communication between the employees and the casino. Coutinho also addressed the fact that workers need to have a legislation that permits them to be represented legally or to call strikes.

The so called task force, implemented by the Macau government in January, deals with the issue of possible job losses, considering the constant decline of casinos’ revenue since June last year.

There have also been requests from the Forefront of Macao Gaming association for increasing the employees’ salaries and giving out promotions to dealers. Mr. Pereira Coutinho also addressed the issue of night shift financial compensation for dealers.

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