Sunday, May 10, 2009

Casino anticipates ten redundancies, by Brian Reyes - Gibraltar Chronicle

The Gibraltar Casino will lose up to 10 of its existing staff as part of a restructure ahead of a £5.5m move to Palm Island in Ocean Village. But it plans to recruit up to 40 new employees locally to fill new posts once the relocation is complete.

Casino manager Stuart Kirkpatrick said about six workers had already been made redundant from a staff of 120 and that a further “three or four” jobs could be lost.

He said affected staff had been offered the option of new posts in the restructured business but many had preferred to move on.

Managers have engaged with union representatives and have met to discuss the changes, he said. The latest meeting is scheduled for today.

The recruitment drive for new employees will start next year and there will be vacancies in all areas of the casino’s business.

“We need to fill those jobs and we’ll be looking locally,” Mr Kirkpatrick said.
The staff shake-up follows a wide-ranging operational review carried out by casino management since April ahead of the move next year.

The Ocean Village site will be a completely revamped casino and could be up and running as early as next August.

UK-based Gala Casino, which owns the Gibraltar Casino, will invest heavily on cutting edge technologies to offer customers new products and games.

“It will be miles from where we are now,” Mr Kirkpatrick said.

(Credit: Gibraltar Chronicle)

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