Four workers threatened to jump from Galaxy Cotai expansion construction site due to wage dispute

Authorities were called this morning 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.

According to information provided by the Fire Department to Macau News Agency, a call was received a call at 8:27am stating that some people were threatening to jump from a height at the construction site of Galaxy’s Cotai expansions works.

“After we arrived, we found that there was a labour dispute. After we persuaded them the four workers went down, and we informed the labour department to handle. No one was hurt in this case,” the department told MNA.

Personnel from the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAT) were also dispatched to the location, with the department stating they assessed with the relevant employers that the incident was due to a wage dispute, with 14 other non-resident workers also reporting wage issues.

“DSAL staff explained to them their labour rights and related laws and regulations, and are now further understanding the specific situation with the relevant employers and employees […] The bureau staff also immediately provided them with assistance and legal consulting services,” the department indicated to MNA.

“DSAL will continue to follow up on related matters to protect the employees’ legal labour rights”

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.

Galaxy Macau’s HK$50 billion (US$4 billion) Phases 3 & 4 expansion projects include approximately 3,500 hotel rooms, including family and premium high end rooms and villas, 400,000 square feet of MICE space, a 500,000 square feet 16,000-seat multi-purpose arena, F&B, retail and casinos.

Phase 3 – set to open in 2021 – will include a casino, a large-scale arena with 16,000 seats, some 37,161 square metres of meetings incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) space and an Andaz hotel, a brand included in the Hyatt Hotels Corp. group.