Genting has confirmed that 1,642 members of its UK workforce could lose their jobs due to ‘unprecedented challenges and heavy losses’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic across its properties are at risk of redundancy as a result of disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
British casinos still haven’t been allowed to reopen despite betting shops, bingo halls and amusement arcades reopening from June 15. Genting said it had made ‘significant changes’ to its 42 casinos.
“In light of these changes, we are having to make some heart-breaking decisions about the future of the business and it is with huge regret that job losses are simply unavoidable,” Genting said. “A significant number of those at risk of redundancy will remain on furlough, and we will be doing everything we can to bring those individuals back in to the business at a later stage. The Job Retention Scheme, however, is just that and therefore when it became clear to us that a significant number of roles could likely not be retained, it was only right to begin the redundancy consultation process rather than continuing to take government money via the furlough scheme.”