The Crown Sydney Casino is making drastic changes in response to its inability to attract enough visitors. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the casino will be reducing its operating hours and cutting 180 jobs.
Just two months ago, the casino closed one of its gaming floors due to low foot traffic. Now, it has determined that staying open 24/7 is not sustainable. This decision has resulted in the elimination of nearly 200 positions.
The new opening hours for the casino will be as follows: closed between 2am and 10am from Monday to Thursday, open from 10am to 4am on Fridays, and open from 2pm to 4am on Saturdays and from 2pm to 2am on Sundays.
Since its opening in August 2022, Crown Sydney has already cut 275 jobs at its Barangaroo premises due to various costly issues, including failures in anti-money laundering protocols.
Mark McWhinnie, CEO of Crown Sydney, has expressed his commitment to helping the affected staff. He aims to redeploy them to Crown’s other casinos in Perth and Melbourne, stating, “Our priority is to support the 180 impacted team members alongside their union as they determine their next steps.”
Recently, Crown Casino workers threatened to go on strike in anticipation of the Melbourne Cup. They were demanding fair wage increases, higher pay for weekend and holiday work, improved work-life balance through better schedules, and advancement opportunities based on service.
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