Gateway Casinos workers vote to strike

After negotiations with their employer fell through last month, 93.1 percent of workers at Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, and Vernon have voted in favor of a strike.

This stems from workers being unhappy with their wages, which BC Government and Service Employees’ Union President Stephanie Smith says are below the industry standard.

“Gateway workers in the Okanagan are sending a clear message to their employer: they will not settle for less than the fair wages, benefits and respect they deserve,” says Smith.

Strike preparations are currently underway, and workers will be ready to walk off the job if they do not receive an offer that they are happy with from their employer.

The BCGEU represents 675 casino workers from around the Okanagan, including those at Playtime Casino in Kelowna.

No word yet on when the strike will take place.