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Old Friday, December 4th, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Casino Radisson Aruba closing down
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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.
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Old Friday, December 4th, 2009, 01:05 PM
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Oh no, this is my favorite casino. My winningest casino. This is not good news.
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Old Friday, December 4th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Hopefully, it is just a change of management companies. My real concern is for the casino employees, who may lose their jobs.

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Old Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 08:39 AM
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This is bad news. Special for the employees.

I hope there will be a good social plan for them.

Lets hope this is just a temporary situation and lets hope travelers vacationers will find Aruba again.
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Thanks for the update. I feel very bad for the employees who will now be searching for employment. Arubans are such hard workers. Although it is never easy to lose one's job it is particularly difficult to get such news in the holiday season. I guess we could say there are too many casinos in Aruba. Even during the high season there are only so many vacationers to fill the casinos.
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Old Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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I have heard that the casino is now closed. The employees have refused to work. Anybody there who knows more?
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Old Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 06:30 PM
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When we were there last month the employees frequently could be seen in small groups having what appeared to be very serious conversations. These were servers, dealers, & pit with there heads together & this is something I've never seen before.

This is also our favorite casino. It's always our final stop at night. They have a great group of employees. I hope they're able to resolve this and whoever manages the casino will keep them working.
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This is our favorite casino as well. Usually there every night, I hope they can work things out, especially for the employees.
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