Following Fair Work Commission conciliation, casino workers will be back paid for compulsory training they were instructed to take in their own time.
Both Wrest Point and Country Club have agreed to pay workers for time spent in training for Responsible Conduct of Gambling courses, and to commit to paying workers for future training.
United Voice Tasmania, the casino workers union, lodged a dispute against Federal Group in the Fair Work Commission in December 2018 alleging that workers were expected to complete compulsory training on problem gambling unpaid and in their own time. Workers at Country Club Casino and Wrest Point Casino were directed by Federal Group since 2013 to complete the compulsory training course Responsible Conduct of Gambling at home. The course teaches employees how to recognise and address problem gambling, how to understand gaming legislation and how to minimise harmful gambling.
Jannette Armstrong, Tasmanian Branch Secretary of United Voice says, “It was wrong that Federal Group expected workers to not be remunerated for compulsory training that is a very important requirement of their day-to-day work. And it is outrageous that they’ve been expecting this of their staff since 2013.
“The time spent registering, training and doing this assessment takes four to six hours for employees to complete. This should never, ever have been unpaid work.
“The union has also requested a full audit of all training practices at both casinos be conducted.
“Federal Group still has questions to answer to the public on this matter. The fact that they thought they could get a freebie from their staff for compulsory training means we really have to question just how serious their commitment to addressing problem gambling in Tasmania’s casinos really is.”
The audit will establish further details on the numbers of workers who will receive back pay. The union estimates the that between 400 to 700 employees are affected and the cost of lost wages for unpaid training hours since 2013 could be up to $120 000.