Union steps up push for recognition by Marina Bay Sands

Union steps up push for recognition by Marina Bay Sands

SINGAPORE - After two years of trying to get Marina Bay Sands (MBS) to become a unionised company, the union for leisure sector employees has upped the ante.

The Attractions, Resorts and Entertainment Union (AREU) has gone to the doorstep of the integrated resort to recruit employees as direct union members.

It has also served the resort operator with an official claim for recognition - a key step which could force a secret ballot of MBS staff.

If more than half of those who vote in the ballot declare themselves as union members, the company will have to recognise the union, which will then be able to represent its employees and negotiate collective agreements.

The integrated resort, owned by United States firm Las Vegas Sands, is one of Singapore's biggest employers with 9,000 staff.

Since last month, the union has been more aggressive in recruiting members at the MBS staff entrance by Bayfront MRT station, carrying out publicity drives three to four times a week for 24 hours each time.

This week, it has been doing so daily, and has set up a booth for employees to sign up on the spot.

National Trades Union Congress staff, wearing sandwich boards with messages about workers' rights, also handed out fliers and tissue packets printed with the union's contact information.

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