Casino requests mediation

The director of public relations for Gateway Casinos Entertainment Limited says the company is “disappointed” its unionized employees in the Okanagan voted in favour of strike action last week.

The British Columbia Government Employees Union represents approximately 675 employees at Gateway’s four Okanagan casinos (Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Penticton and Kamloops).

Last week, 88 per cent of its members voted on potential strike action, and the union says 93 per cent were in favour of a strike, if necessary.

Gateway’s Tanya Gabara says the company “has made many efforts to negotiate” with the union, even as the union refused its recent request to return to the bargaining table.

The company says it recently requested applied for mediation and “believes that with help of the Labour Relations Board we can resolve the outstanding issues.”

For more on the potential strike, including BCGEU's reaction to calls for mediation, check out the full story on Castanet's sister business news website Okanagan Edge.

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