3400 jobs are creating through the renovation of the Casino Bet
In these times of economic crisis, the construction permit for the casino de Montreal will be able to create 3400 jobs over four years. During the autumn will begin the remodelling of the main atrium and some changes will be realised in the sector of high stakes. During construction, the Casino will continue to greet its customers that are 16,000 visitors a day. Planning construction has been prepared in order of not annoying customers during their visit. Losses due to work may be estimated at 34 million over four years, but these renovations will allow Loto-Québec to get an exceed benefit of 60 million per year by 2014, regarding the prediction of Alain Cousineau.
“We believe that among these 60 million, 24 million will come from a better quality of the establishment. There will be no more queues, especially at restaurants. We will improve our ability to retain customers with high stakes, which should bring us 21 million, while 12 million will come from new customers in the region and outside. ”
The investment is 305.7 million over five years: 41 million this year, 110 million in 2010, 45 million in 2011, 47 million in 2012 and 63 million in 2013, scheduled for the end of the work. The Casino de Montréal has realised a turnover of 532.6 million in 2008.
According to Charles Lapointe, president and CEO of the Tourism of Montreal, this is“very good news”. “When you look outside the casino, it’s a pretty magical place,” he said. It is important to have top quality equipment for our citizen and our tourists. The investment seems correct. With the amounts pledged, we will be able to do something very remarkable. ”
Strike from the doormen of the casino of Montreal
Security officers at the Casino de Montreal have left work at 4.45 pm yesterday for a short strike of five hours and fifteen minutes. Management didn’t seem to have appreciated the strike because it was subsequently declared a lockout.
At the time of going to press, the activities were taking place normally at the Casino. According to information available, managers had to take over the union to assure the security of the establishment.
Employees Union League of casinos of Quebec, affiliated with the CSN, said security guards had occupied the administration offices during their walkout. They wanted to give this warning shot because of the “intransigence” of the employer.
The issue of working hours is the main reason for rejecting the tentative agreement reached on the 1st of August for the security unit. No trading session has been held since Monday. The union still hoped to reach an agreement before tomorrow morning, the time fixed by the General Assembly of the security unit to trigger a general strike if no agreement is reached by then.
On the 17th of August, nearly 18 months after the expiration of their collective agreement, members of the security unit have voted in a proportion of 94.3%, triggering walkouts for a limited time if negotiations are not progressing and a general strike from tomorrow if no tentative agreement is reached by then, which seems likely. The union has about 200 members.