Gambling firm Genting Casino has reportedly been in talks with the GMB Union over potential job cuts as it is mulling plans to permanently close its Bristol and Margate properties as well due to the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A number of Genting Casino properties, including Torquay, Bristol, and possibly Margate venue, are expected to be closed permanently by the company as it is struggles with the hefty losses caused by the deadly corona virus pandemic that forced the entertainment properties to suspend operations in March this year.
The closure of Genting Casino’s multiple properties would affect a large number of workers across the company’s nearly three dozen venues. The to-be-affected casino employees are being represented by the union for leisure and hospitality employees called GMB Union, which has raised the concern that the proposed closure of Torquay's Genting Casino could be just the start as the leisure and hospitality industry has apparently reached on the verge of its breakdown.
Matt Roberts, regional organizer for GMB Union, said, “We are disappointed that the Torquay site is one of only three in the nation that are proposed to close fully. GMB will explore every avenue with Genting to try and keep these jobs, no matter how hopeless the situation in the sector may appear.”
Paul Willcock, chief executive officer for Genting Casino, blamed the corona virus pandemic for the company’s tough decision of closing certain sites. Informing workers at the two Devon sites about potential closures, Mr. Willcock stressed that they were forced by the pandemic, which pushed them to suspend operations to help mitigate the deadly infections, to consider some very difficult options to guarantee survival in the market.
In a letter to the workers, Mr. Willcock said, ‘"The Covid-19 corona virus pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges. There was a huge financial impact on our business and ... significant uncertainty for the foreseeable future. I am therefore forced to contemplate some very difficult options to ensure survival.”
While workers at the two Devon properties have already been informed about the proposed closures, the gambling firm's Plymouth Casino in Union Street will remain open, though with significant job cuts. Workers of the Plymouth entertainment property are currently on furlough under the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.