Cotai expansion project wage dispute caused by mainland employment agencies – Galaxy

Gaming operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has indicated to Macau News Agency that recent wage dispute involving workers employed at its Cotai expansion projects, originated from fee disputes between the workers and mainland employment agencies.

Yesterday local authorities were called to the construction site of Galaxy Phase 3 & 4 expansion project after four non-resident workers from Mainland China threatened to jump due to a labour dispute.

Following an intervention by the Fire Department, the workers eventually agreed to come down on their own volition, with no injuries reported.

According to Galaxy, due to the completion of some of the construction work at GEG’s new development projects in Cotai, the exit of the related non-resident construction workers has been arranged, with “all their salaries and compensation have been paid in full accordance with the Macau Labor Relations Law and their contracts”

“After learning the demands of the related non-resident workers [yesterday] morning, GEG requested the related subcontractors to follow up and coordinate with the related non-resident construction workers accordingly,” GEG indicated.

“We understood that there were agency fee disputes between the four related non-resident construction workers and their labour agencies based in the Mainland. According to their subcontractor, the issue has been resolved”.

Personnel from the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAT) was also dispatched to the construction site following the incident, with 14 other non-resident workers later also reporting wage issues, with the gaming operator noting it has provided assistance in resolving the matter.

“GEG is assisting in coordinating the disputes between another subcontractor and some of its non-resident construction workers […]. Furthermore, we urge all the workers to contact GEG’s representatives as soon as possible when they encounter any problems so that problems can be resolved effectively,” the group added.

In July the local labour department carried out an investigation after about 100 local construction workers involved in the Galaxy Macau Phase 3 expansion held a protest alleging that some of their work contracts had not been renewed for Phase 4.