Gaming workers petitions govt for better welfare conditions

Hundreds of casino workers gathered in a demonstration on Monday, calling for the government to better enforce smoking laws inside gaming venues, Macau Daily Times reports.

The demonstrators started marching at 4pm from the World Trade Center, calling for an enhancement in law enforcement activities inside casinos, particularly when it came to smoking.

The group accused gaming operators of allowing gamblers to smoke in no-smoking areas. The group also proposed a ban on frequent smokers from entering casinos.

“In 2019, the new Tobacco Control Law will ban smoking in all gaming venues. However, according to what we know, we worry that many casinos will continue to allow gamblers to smoke in prohibited areas. They [casinos] even forbid workers from telling gamblers ‘this area is not allowed for smoking’,” said Cloee Chao, president of New Macau Gaming Staff Rights Association, quoted by MDT.

In addition to their smoking enforcement demands, the workers reportedly also demanded casinos to pass on tips given by customers to dealers.

“We leave the tips inside a box once customers give them. However, casinos have never publicized how much in tips they received and where they are,” said Chao.

Chao said she hoped that casinos can distribute tips among workers, and called for better supervision of casinos by the government.