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Monte Carlo Workers Protest 24/7

The Riviera’s illustrious Café de Paris has shut down its slot machines in the wake of a staff strike against management’s decision to go 24 hours. Talks are under way with the unhappy workers, who want more new employees hired to cover the extra shifts.

Casino workers at Monte Carlo’s famed Café de Paris have gone on strike to protest the venue’s decision to go 24 hours.

Fifty workers are needed to staff the restaurant-cabaret’s 557 machine games, which went non-stop along with the rest of the operation on July 5 in a bid to attract more visitors to the Riviera. But with 75 percent of the staff walking off the job, operator SBM has been forced to put the slot floor out of action in order to keep the rest of the property open.

Management was slated to meet with staff on July 11 to attempt to resolve the issue. SBM says it has assured workers they will not be forced to work beyond legal limits.

For their part, the staff said they don’t object to the 24-hour opening, they just want the company to hire extra staff to cover the new hours.