Casino workers deserve adequate employment protection, security and training to identify and report suspicious activities. They also need the recommendations in the Dirty Money report that impact their work to be implemented.
Vancouver (17 July 2018) — Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) are in a unique position to help monitor the laundering of dirty money in B.C. casinos. However, the failure of the former B.C. Liberal government to provide whistleblower protection for members ensured there was no avenue for casino workers to expose illegal activity.
Casino whistle-blowers deserve adequate protection
In fact, the recent Peter German report on money laundering reveals that the government willfully turned a blind eye to the situation, and even punished those who raised concerns about this illegal practise.
Casino workers deserve adequate employment protection, security and training to identify and report suspicious activities. They also need the recommendations in the Dirty Money report that impact their work to be implemented, such as
- R19 — That persons working in VIP rooms be provided with an independent avenue to report incidents of inappropriate conduct by patrons.
- R30 — That anti-money laundering be a responsibility of the Regulator and that it institute mandatory training for front line gaming personnel, including VIP hosts, with consideration of a Play Right program.
You can read the Liberal government's timeline on money laundering here.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE