CE should ‘encourage’ gaming operators to provide early year bonuses – Association

The Macau Civil Servants Association (ATFPM) has issued a letter to Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, asking him to ‘encourage’ the remaining five gaming operators to follow SJM and provide a ‘substantial reward’ to employees.

Gaming operator SJM announced last week that it would still provide its annual ‘living subsidy’ equivalent to 1.5 or 2 months of salary in 2021, as a ‘reward’ to their employees for their ‘hard-work during the pandemic’ and as a ‘good start in the Chinese New Year of the Ox’.

The six gaming concessionaires usually provide different ‘winter’ and ‘summer’ bonuses for eligible non-management staff, with all six handing out early year bonuses in 2020.

In an open letter, the ATFPM asked the CE to prompt gaming concessionaires to follow suit and provide early year bonuses to their employees as a reward for the work provided last year, while making a comparison to the public sector.

‘Since the frontline civil servants have shown excellent performance in the anti-pandemic works, the SAR government should give extra salary to them as an encouragement and to recognise their work,’ the association led by legislator Jose Pereira Coutinho states.

‘We have proposed the above plan during the 2020 debate in social and cultural area, security area and economic and financial area. All the participating officials have expressed that they will study and discuss it. However, they did not provide any specific reason to reject this suggestion. The frontline civil servants feel disappointed by this, which affects their morale’.

The association then urged the Macau SAR administration to provide an ‘extra salary’ to the frontline civil servants as an encouragement.