Gaming and labor authorities following the employment situation of employees in the VIP room

The Gambling Inspection and Coordination Division (DICJ) and the Labor Affairs Division (DSAL) have issued a joint statement warning that the rights of workers employed in gaming dealer VIP rooms cannot be affected by suspending agreements with junket operators.

As for workers hired by game promoters, they specify that it is their responsibility to safeguard their rights at work.

Yesterday, game promoter Tak Chun – considered the second largest to operate in Macau – announced in an internal statement that some “individual casinos” would temporarily suspend their cooperative relationship with them, with workers to be sacked.

The revelation made by Tak Chun follows the suspension of all VIP rooms operated by the largest operator, Suncity, on December 1, after the arrest of founder Alvin Chau and several associates linked to the group by law enforcement authorities for charges. suspected money laundering or criminal offenses. association.

“The DICJ and the DSAL are closely monitoring the situation and warning these entities that under the laws and regulations in force, the rights of workers in the VIP rooms of the dealers cannot be affected by the suspension of these rooms, since they are leased by dealers. As for workers hired by game promoters, it is up to them to safeguard their labor rights.

DSAL added that to date, it has not received any request for assistance from workers in these entities, but will continue to pay particular attention to the employment situation of local residents of the sector.

Media also hinted this week that Wynn Macau has issued termination notices to have all of its junket-run VIP rooms closed by December 20, with speculation that other game operators will take similar action. , as the scrutiny of the sector by the authorities increases.

Morgan Stanley analysts said they believe more and more game dealers will end deals with junket operators, ending the industry in the city even without an official order from authorities banning them.

The number of licenses issued by the DICJ each year is already declining, from a maximum of 235 in 2013 to just 85 in 2021.

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