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New Zealand: Strike at Auckland casino on Chinese New Year

31 January 2011

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A strike will take place at SkyCity Casino during Chinese New Year to protest discrimination against Chinese workers, Scoop reported.

The Unite Union contest a rule imposed that does not allow staff to access their 17 days vacation from Feb. 2nd has "an unfair impact" on Chinese workers who may wish to spend Chinese New Year with their families, the report explained.

The union distinguishes between similar policies around Christmas and New Year by pointing out Chinese New Year is not a public holiday and a third of the casino's workforce are Chinese, the Scoop report said.

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