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Australian Casino Workers Threatened

1 March 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "Nearly one half of Star City Casino's employees have been threatened with violence in the past year, their union said today.

"…Employees endured comments like `If I had a gun, I'd kill you now' or `I'll be waiting for you at 4am' and there had been instances of physical abuse, LHMU (Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union) casino union official Tim Ferrari said.

"…He said patrons were able to enter the casino with knives and guns because, unlike staff, they underwent little or no security screening.

"The union wants sophisticated walk-through recognition equipment installed to identify the presence of weapons.

"The security issue was part of a list of union demands for a new enterprise agreement that include a 10 per cent increase in wages…"

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