Shorelines Casino workers continue to strike in Belleville, Ontario. – Kingston | The Canadian News

Contract talks have been halted to resolve a strike by workers at the Shorelines Casino in Belleville, Ontario.

More than 90 unionized casino workers left work last Friday and set up a picket line in front of the casino.

According to the union, the company walked away from the negotiating table on Friday and also withdrew its latest proposals.

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“We want to resolve this at the bargaining table,” says Unifor Local 1090 President Corey Dalton. “We are here, our entire bargaining team is here and we are ready to try again to reach an agreement and get the workers back to work.”

Unifor says the members, who work in board games, food and drink, as well as kitchen and guest services, went on strike for fair wages in a first contract.

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A Great Canadian Gaming spokesperson says the casino remains open and they are trying to recover from the pandemic shutdown.

Casino owners say they are also seeking a court order to prevent pickets from blocking the main entrance, calling it a danger to public safety.

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The union says it is eager to resume talks.

“We are ready to sit down,” says Dalton. “Whether it’s a boardroom table or Tim Horton’s table, we’re ready to sit down and close a deal.”

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