Casino Radisson Aruba closing down
3 Dec, 2009, 07:30 (GMT -04:00)
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ORANJESTAD — The casino of the Radisson hotel will be closing down per January 31st. The reason for this is that Radisson has not renewed the license contract with the casino’s manager The Millennium Resource Group. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the employees with the coming holidays” according to Chairman Rudy Geerman of the trade union Federacion di Trahadornan Arubano (FTA).
The Millennium Resource Group had submitted an application for the dismissal of 91 employees to the Directorate Labor & Research (DAO), Dorothy Laclé van DAO confirms.
The Amigoe had been informed by The Millennium Resource Group that they consider Radisson’s course of action as ‘outrageous’. “How is it possible that they had not informed us sooner that the contract would not be renewed? We will now only have two weeks in February to pack up.” The casino namely has to be cleared for the hotel on February 14th. The casino personnel is ‘apprehensive and depressed’ said a spokesperson of The Millennium Resource Group – who wished to remain nameless. “There are people who have been working with the casino since the beginning (in 2000, red.). The casino had become their second home and they are now forced to leave without being able to do anything about it.”
The Millennium Resource Group presumes that the Radisson hotel wants another company to manage the casino. The Group had therefore instituted legal proceedings against the hotel to enforce a renewal of the contract. The verdict had been given on November 25th and unfavorable for the casino-manager. The hotel had brought up the argument that the casino had not yielded as agreed upon, according to The Millennium Resource Group. “How could we comply with the agreed upon revenues in view of the severe recession” the spokesperson said.
The hotel management of the Radisson did not want to respond to the situation today. The Millennium Resource Group will be holding a meeting with all personnel tomorrow to inform them of their rights. According to Directorate of Labor, an application for dismissal usually takes up to six weeks to two months.