RWS lays off 400 staff in retrenchment exercise…


400 casino workers have been retrenched by the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

According to a TODAY report, 150 croupiers, 200 supervisors and 25 pit managers have been axed.

It is understood that two-thirds of the retrenched are foreigners.

Those who were retrenched were given a letter which said:

“In anticipation that the business situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon, we have made a very difficult decision to reduce manpower.”

According to sources, all affected workers were given the same retrenchment package of 2 weeks salary per year of service.

On top of that, the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU) stepped in to negotiate for a $1,500 training grant for affected Singaporean and PR workers and an additional 1 year payment of union membership fees for union members.

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AREU’s Executive Secretary Desmond Choo said in the article that the union was in partnership with NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) and the company to “provide training and job placement assistance for affected employees.”

A retrenched senior security staff who was  with the casino for around 6 years said that when the news of the retrenchment was announced to the affected staff, the mood was sombre with some of the colleagues being a bit angry and shocked.

The sole breadwinner who is single said there was no notice period given to the affected workers. “The day we were given news of the termination, we were asked to leave. Immediately,” she said.

Since being retrenched yesterday, she was referred to another security agency by an employability coach from e2i and went for a job interview today (10 June).

Just recently, the Tripartite partners (Singapore National Employers’ Federation, NTUC and the Ministry of Manpower) released the revised Tripartite Guidelines on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment.

The guidelines, encourage companies to consider retrenchment only as a last resort, after managing excess manpower through other cost-cutting measures.

“AREU has advised RWS to consider alternative ways of managing its manpower where possible. These could include upskilling employees and redesigning jobs, as well as redeploying affected workers to work in other functions within the company,” said Mr Desmond Choo.



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