Crown employees win 7% wage rise

Crown Delegates

PICTURE: The Crown bargaining committee who worked hard to secure a new pay deal for Perth casino workers. 

Crown Perth employees will receive a 7 per cent pay rise over the next three years after the Fair Work Commission signed off on a new deal for casino workers on Monday. 

Casino management initially offered a deal with yearly increases of just 1.25 per cent over four years with no guarantees on penalty rates, no commitment to free parking, no protections for outsourcing and no fair rostering commitments. 

But members weren't going to go down without a fight, and ended up securing their current conditions, adding additional conditions to the agreement and nearly doubling management's original offer. 

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said the new agreement union members have secured maintains Crown Perth’s position as one of the highest, if not the highest, paying Casino in Australia. 

United Voice endorsed the agreement and 88 per cent of Crown's 3,396 employees voted in favour for it.

The new deal will provide wage increases of 2.25 per cent in each of the first two years and 2.5 per cent in the last year, after the previous agreement for casino workers expired on September 30. 

"This is a strong agreement as not only does it maintain existing conditions including industry leading penalty rates (150% on Saturday and 200% on Sunday) but members were also able to add further conditions," Ms Smith said.

"One of these is the added consultation provision that requires Crown to liaise with United Voice and members before they contract out services within the casino.

This is an important provision that allows major consultation between Crown and their employees and gives members better job security. "

Ms Smith said the outcome of this agreement shows the power that union members possess by working together to achieve fairer, safer, happier and healthier workplaces. 

"The new agreement provides more permanent jobs in the table games department and also includes a fair rostering provision," she said.

"The rostering provision allows workers to give input into rosters to ensure shifts are fairly distributed among employees." 

Key outcomes of the new agreement

  • Penalty rates to remain

  • Saturday – Time and one half

  • Penalty rates to remain

  • Sunday – Double Time

  • Penalty rates under the award are already lower and are potentially going to be cut further.

  • If award rates are cut, workers are protected.

  • Guarantee that Crown Perth will not charge us for the parking bays they own (the land under the old Dome)

  • If there are future parking shortages, Crown Perth will work constructively with United Voice members to find solutions.

  • Crown must inform affected staff and Union before any decision is made to outsource.

  • Union members have an opportunity to consult with Crown and discuss alternatives to outsourcing.