MGM China workers to meet government on pay/conditions

Workers from MGM China’s casinos in Macau are scheduled to meet with the government’s Labour Affairs Bureau on Monday to press their complaints about pay and conditions, according to a report on Radio Macau’s website.
The report cites Cloee Chao, secretary general of the Forefront of the Macau Gaming as saying workers want changes to the structure of their pay, which includes a base component and a tip.
They are also concerned about measures connected to the upcoming ban on smoking in Macau’s casinos, in particular with wind machines designed to help clear the air.
Unrest over pay and conditions in Macau’s casinos has been on the rise, with workers at SJM Holdings’ Grand Lisboa complex staging a work to rule protest, which has included turning up late for shifts and not working overtime. The workers have threatened to take further action this weekend.
Demands for more pay for casino employees come amid already rising labor costs due to an extreme shortage of supply and increasing demand. The government has strict controls on the import of migrant labor and restrictions on the type of work they are allowed, including a ban on foreign dealers.
This comes as operators gear up for a new round of hiring to fill the multi-billion-dollar resorts scheduled to begin opening on Cotai from the middle of next year. Barclays has estimated that a further 55,000 employees may be needed.