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Netherland Antilles casino accused of union busting

20 June 2007

PHILIPSBURG, Netherland Antilles -- As reported by the St. Maarten Daily News: "Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) has accused the management of Hollywood Casino of applying "union busting" tactics to break workers away from the union.

"WICSU/PSU President William Reed says the casino has been deducting union dues from the workers' salaries since February, shortly after they had approached WICSU/PSU for representation, but has not been handing the money over to the union. He said proof of the deduction is on the workers' salary slips. <

"...Th' company, Reed said, has also been offering workers contracts with 'far fewer" benefits than their colleagues at Rouge et Noir because they have taken steps to have union representation.

"...The casino is also offering non-unionised workers 26 vacation days while maintaining 16 days for unionised workers, Reed told The Daily Herald on Sunday.

"He said all these measures are intended to break workers away from the union and drive the union out of the casino.

"...He said Hollywood and Rouge et Noir exchange workers regularly, are both operated by the same owner and should offer the same benefits..."

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