Genting Casino to permanently close three UK properties. Gambling firm Genting Casino is considering closing 3 of its properties in the UK. The company informed workers on their plans as it battles losses following the pandemic.
Genting’s casino in Torquay, Bristol and Margate face the potential to close permanently. Additionally, an undisclosed number of jobs sees losses across the business’ 32 venues.
The workers represented by GMB, the union for leisure and hospitality workers warned that the proposal to close 3 of the business’ property is “just the start”. The sector has hit its breaking point.
Chief executive Paul Willcock said to his employees that “The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges”.
Mr Willcock went on to say there was a “huge financial impact on our business and…significant uncertainty for the foreseeable future”. He added “I am therefore forced to contemplate some very difficult options to ensure survival.”
Matt Roberts, regional director of GMB Union South West shared that “GMB will explore every avenue with Gentings to try and keep these jobs, no matter how hopeless the situation in the sector may appear.
He added that the casinos did their due diligence in compiling with the Prime Minister’s instructions on the lockdown. The casinos have also utilised the Government’s furlough scheme.
“As the scheme ends, GMB fears this is just the beginning of widespread job losses across the sector that will hit local communities hard.” Roberts add.