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September 20, 2020

Due to a measure taken by the Casino Commission

Venezuela: 3,000 workers would lose their jobs due to casinos closure

(Venezuela).- The Mayor of Sotillo council, Stalin Fuentes, expects information from the Casino, Bingo Hall and Slots National Commission on the closure of the seven gambling venues that operated in that jurisdiction, a measure that would affect around 2,500 direct workers and 500 indirect workers.

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he local Mayor fears for around 3,000 employees that would lose their jobs due to a sanction applied by the entity linked to the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, due to the infringement of Articles 30 and 54 of the Law for the Control of Casinos, Bingo Halls and Slots.

Fuentes considers that there must be an alternative as part of this socialist transformation process, “so there is an economy ruled by equity and welfare for everyone”.

The Mayor remarked that Puerto La Cruz is a thematic city, as approved by a referendum, and that the closure of all casinos will also affect the local economy. As a consequence of the measure, he considers that the local tax treasury will stop receiving around us$ 2 million this year.

President of Fedecámaras, Anzoátegui Remo Di Marcantonio, also talked about the loses that the paralyzation of the tourist activity would generate, and the great number of families that would be affected. “Besides, we have to consider providers, taxis and other related companies”.

He expects agreements in order to revert the situation, although it is not known if it will be temporary or definitive. “We have been informed that some bingo halls had their operating license out-of-date, although renovation had been processed. I wish the law will prevail”, he declared.

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