Date
12 December 2017
Macau casino operator SJM has responded to its staff demands by announcing a significant wage hike for 2015. Photo: Bloomberg
Macau casino operator SJM has responded to its staff demands by announcing a significant wage hike for 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

Casino operator SJM hikes staff wages by 5%

SJM Holdings Ltd. (00880.HK), the Macau casino operator controlled by the family of Stanley Ho, has given a 5-percent wage hike to all its staff this year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. 

The move came after workers staged protests last year calling for better treatment, the paper noted.

Some job positions at the Grand Lisboa casino have been cut and consolidated with some higher-paid roles, according to a company statement.

Angela Leong, SJM’s executive director and chairperson of its employee welfare committee, is said to have had discussions with front-line staff to listen to their grievances.

In September 2013, about 700 employees took to the streets urging better pay as the company had fallen behind its peers in staff welfare measures.

The workers’ union had called a “sick leave” strike over the week-long National Day holiday, a time when many mainland Chinese travel across the border.

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