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New Zealand Casino Staff Walk Out

6 December 2005

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Stuff: "The union representing Hamilton casino staff says workers may take further industrial action after a three-hour stoppage on Saturday night.

"Service and Food Workers Union organiser Iriaka Rauhihi said striking staff walked out at 8pm, including bar, cashier, cleaning, kitchen, restaurant, security and table staff.

"SkyCity said about 40 rostered staff struck and 10 gambling tables had to be shut down for the full three hours. Another two tables were closed for 20 minutes until managers came in to help out.

"…About 110 people protested outside the casino in Victoria St during the stoppage, Miss Rauhihi said. More industrial action was a possibility.

"…Union regional secretary Lisa Eldret has complained Hamilton staff are paid on average 25 per cent less than workers at the Auckland casino, and local staff want parity…"

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