Gatineau casino workers won't get bonuses as gambling revenue drops

About 350 unionized workers at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau won't receive their annual bonuses because the casino did not reach its target 95 per cent in gambling revenue.

Casino du Lac-Leamy fails to reach 95 per cent of gambling target, so bonuses withheld

About 350 unionized employees and several executives at Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau won’t receive their annual bonuses due to lower revenues than expected.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has lost money due to ongoing renovations and road work, according to Loto-Quebec.
Bonuses are paid to employees at the casino who don’t receive tips, which represents about two per cent of their annual salary.

However, the casino lost 15 per cent of its revenues over a five-year period, according to numbers from 2012. Then in the first three quarters of 2013, the revenue was $180 million — 10 per cent lower than the same period during the previous year.

Bonuses are only paid to employees when gambling revenue reaches 95 per cent of its target, which did not happen.

Spokesman for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Jean-Pierre Proulx said employees shouldn't pay the price for unmet goals and doesn’t believe customer service should be to blame.

In fact, a recent report from Loto-Quebec said a decline in revenues at casinos in Montreal and Gatineau is mainly due to renovations and roadwork.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has said it hopes renovations will attract more visitors, especially younger customers.