The management of the State Investment Corporation (SIC) held a meeting with officials from the Casinos Employees Union (CEU) last Friday. There was discussion of the salary readjustment of employees of the Casinos of Mauritius. The SIC, we learn, has proposed a 10% salary increase. This is something the CEU has difficulty digesting because the increase demanded since the start of negotiations is 24%.

“We do not agree with the 10% proposed by the SIC”, we make it clear at the CEU level. The SIC, underlines the union, “must absolutely take into account the increase in the cost of living as well as the volume of work, during negotiations surrounding the revision of employee salaries. If during the last salary review, we agreed to a 10% increase, this will not be acceptable this time. We will demand that our demands be met, because the crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic is now behind us and some casinos in the country are showing slight profitability,” we recall.

The CEU will, however, meet the employees of the Casinos of Mauritius in the coming days and the SIC's counter-proposal (Editor's note: 10% salary increase) will be debated.

Will the general strike be maintained? “It will be up to the employees of the Casinos of Mauritius to decide what course of action to follow,” specifies the CEU.

Reached by telephone Monday afternoon, Goolabchund Goburdhun, general director of the SIC, affirms that a 10% salary increase has been proposed to employees of the Casinos of Mauritius through the CEU. “This percentage is in line with SIC policy,” he says.

The general director of the SIC also specifies that the organization's officials are “reasonable” in their conclusion. “The Casinos of Mauritius are in the red and a 10% salary increase is fair and reasonable,” explains Goolabchund Goburdhun. The SIC will meet the CEU on June 12 to finalize the quantum of the salary increase for employees of the Casinos of Mauritius.

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