By ERWIN CHLANDA
The big Lasseter operation, embracing the casino, hotel accommodation, restaurant and convention centre, has laid off 155 casual employees, 45% of its workforce.
Manager Craig Jervis says this has been done on the basis of no shifts available. Workers can expect to be called back in again when the sharp downturn caused by the Coronavirus comes to an end.
“We need to remain viable and look after our permanent staff,” he says.
All conventions between now and October have been cancelled, and the Alice Springs Cup in early May will be run without a crowd.
“Known cancellations” now amount to about $2m. To this will need to be added the loss of business from people who were going to book.
The lay-offs are across the entire operation.
Mr Jervis says Lasseters is cranking up its buying locally policy to support local businesses.
Image from the Lasseters website.