After privatization, Gateway Casinos lays off workers
June 11, 2018
Gateway Casinos Sudbury announced Monday that seven of 40 workers will be laid off, and Unifor said the job loss is the direct result of privatization in Ontario gaming operations.
"Gateway's decision to reduce the hours of operation at most of its Ontario casinos is a perfect example of why Unifor was against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) modernization plan all along," said Jerry Dias Unifor National President, about the crown corporation which sped up privatization at the expense of workers. "Unifor stated all along that the sale of a crown corporation and its operations will negatively affect workers and good jobs in Ontario, and Gateway is doing just that."
As the largest union in the gaming sector, Unifor expressed great concern about the privatization of gaming. After the OLG outsourced gaming operations and sold off assets the British Columbia-based Gateway Casinos and Entertainment enterprise purchased several facilities across Ontario.