A planned mass walk-off of workers from Crown Melbourne has been averted after an in-principle agreement between the company and Crown workers was reached.
Around 3,600 Crown Casino Melbourne workers had been planning to take protected strike action and down tools between 6:00pm and 10:00pm this evening in the event demands for a fair cost-of-living wage increase and improved working conditions were not met.
Yesterday, Crown tabled an offer which included an enhanced increase in base rates of pay and weekend allowances, a commitment to improve rosters for better work-life balance, as well as universal recognition for workers’ service with time-based pay progression.
For most table games dealers, the wage outcome for this year will equal approximately 5.6 percent after the inclusion of increased weekend allowances. For most hospitality workers, the increase will be in excess of 6 percent.
Mass meetings with United Workers Union (UWU) members were held throughout yesterday and today, at which a majority voted in support of the improved offer.
Crown is owned by USA-based, billion-dollar investment firm, Blackstone which recorded US$8.518 billion (around AU$13 billion) in revenue last year.
UWU director of casinos Dario Mujkic said the improved offer was only made possible through thousands of workers across the Crown complex working in unison.
“Union members have fought hard to get to a proposal that a large majority of workers think is fair and reasonable,” Mr Mujkic said.
“We know the cost-of-living is cutting deep right now and that has been the focus for members this bargaining round.
There were two agreements being bargained in this round – one for frontline staff and another for managers – both of the offers have been agreed upon in-principle.