Treasure Bay Casino cuts work force

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Treasure Bay Casino cuts work force
Treasure Bay Casino
Treasure Bay Casino

The Treasure Bay Casino at the Baywalk Mall in Rodney Bay has made a number of employees redundant, Human Resources Manager Len E. Diptee has confirmed with St. Lucia News Online (SNO).

Diptee said the company opened in 2010 with an investment of over EC$30 million, but returns have not been forthcoming.

“We were excited to bring world class gaming to the island of St. Lucia,” she added.

However, according to her, the casino has never been profitable and decisions to cut expenses were delayed until now.

“Regrettably, cutting our expenses has included reducing the number of crew members employed,” she added.

Diptee explained that these redundancies were coordinated with the Department of Labour, in accordance with the St. Lucia Labour Code.

“We have paid everyone affected by the reduction with redundancy and in lieu of notice pay,” she explained.

Despite the current situation, the casino official told SNO that there is hope that in the future “we might have the ability to rehire as many former crew members as possible”.

Diptee did not disclose the number of workers made redundant but sources say as much as 20 employees were affected.

Treasure Bay Casino joined a growing number of local businesses that have cut staff due to the slowdown in economic activity.

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  1. Honestly the casino got wat they deserved. Yes its true the government wronged them for allowing cage to have machines on island but the casino was robbing the staff.
    -after two yers of work the casino decided to give staff a raise of five cents to the end of their salary which was a great insult.
    -early in 2013 the casino gave staff a raise of two cents which was even a greater insult.
    -St. Lucian staff were being promoted to do the same job as the white workers but were being paid less big time.
    -staff worked for nine hours but only get paid for eight.

    There are lots more I have to write but will stop here for now

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  2. the reason the casino is being run at a lost is because of the island wide betting machines that are being owned by CAGE. the casino lost a court case about 3 weeks to CAGE courtesy of the GOVT of stlucia who gave full permission to CAGE to import those machines and set up at all shops in town. Originally the GOVT had promised the casino exclusive rites to gaming in stlucia. now nobody is interested in the casino anymore so their profits have been suffering a while now. It was expected that the casino would have to lay off their staff and maybe close down in the near future cause most shops in st.lucia are littered with gaming machines. The casino owe their misfortune to the govt of st.lucia. There was an artical in the news paper highlighting the recent court decision.

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  3. everybody posting better days better days crap! treasure bay doesn't operate under the the saint lucia government!! they abide by their own policies... by now url should have known that the government only granted permission for this institute to operate in saint lucia up to a certain extent.. stop mixing politics with everything thats happening in saint lucia...

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  4. "Bitter Days" we have already started to pay for talking, ask TP and the rest? Ask those fired senators, ask Ubaldus, Mario and Sarah. See how many have paid? You could be next!!!

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  5. The 68 million Kenny go an take to put the country in more debt want to know how he will pay it back is ppl balls he will start to eat . We turning worst than haiti jus not . When baby face an his witch was in power see same thing happening in st lucia . If missay stay in power next 5 years we starting to pay to talk an breathe !

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  6. @bambi i agree these "games" are posing a social problem, my friends husband is addicted to gambling, they were supposed to be building soon, but the money simply disappeared in the accounts. He keeps telling SOON I WILL WIN IT BACK AND MORE!!!

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  7. Economy, oh economy, how is our captaincy doing? Considering that the IMF gave PM King high marks for management of the economy in 2009. Are we telling ourselves the truth knowing that many countries have gone past the effects of economic downturn?

    Meanwhile we continue to cut growth by procrastinations and actual cuts in jobs and salaries. Raisng taxes and subsidies on food and medicine. Increasing utility and transportation rates. Holding back spending on vital services, including healthcare. Not trying to grow the economy or attract foreign investments. What about the promised Russian connection? Did that backfire considering that our foreign policy makers got it wrong by siding with the "foul connect?"

    Does it take an intellectual to realize that the "new driver cannot drive?" All what we getting are charades of blaming and shaming predecessors in public and the house. Is this a sustainable way for putting affordable food on the table of St. Lucians or protect them from the impending threats of ebola and other epidemics?

    One day we will wake up to realize that our survival is directly realted to our political decisions and we should not play it like La Rose and La Marguerite. We have to demand of politicians to do what is required and when they fail there are repercussions like what happens to all of us YOU GET FIRED!!

    It is time that we the youth rise up and demand better from these clowns and stop letting political dinosaurs decide our fate and get "Sir" being placed in front of their names for making a mess out of it.

    Stop partaking in failed and muzzled institutions such as NYC just to encourage political patronage and succession of failed ideas and leadership after all we are now become mothers and fathers ourselves. How are we going to explain repeated failure to our children? RISE UP I SAY!!!

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  8. Really? Why do people in Saint Lucia make everything so political? Its upsetting. If the investment was 30 million, then in four years it cant possibly make a profit yet. Especially in a small country like Saint Lucia. This isnt the U.S. I mean what did they expect? smh

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  9. ha ha ha yall think in these hard times people will have money to gamble but u know its strange the people that have money you dont see them gamble often but the lil people like you and me that you always see seated at a machine but i wonder if the casino not making money due to the abundance of machines in the local community shops of Castries cause if i have to gamble and my neighbor has a shop with a machine in it is not all up north i will go to gamble eh so

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  10. I agree this is the better days that were promised.......we are all paying for all the en rouge en rouge en rouge

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    • what social PROBLEMS, so wat about the machines in the bars across the country, are they any better? The casino was established to monitor safe and supervised gambling. we have to be thankfull there is even a casino in the country because it created lots of jobs for our people and gave them lots of opportunity to further themselves. there were some which had no experience and thought it was over for them but the casino gave them a chance. so before you try to beat your butt uselessly try to use your head.blame the darn government for this shit thats goin on here. all they care about is their pocket making his people suffer

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  11. The way they let go of the ppl was so wrong how can someone well dress coming to work but to reach and get someone down stairs the door waiting for them to dismiss them really they let go over 60works

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  12. The big will always be big and the poor will be poor arewe are fools saying in the feature they will employe them back

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