ACTTAB name to disappear as jobs are cut

ACTTAB, the regional Australian Capital Territory (ACT) betting agency acquired last year by Tabcorp, is set to cut up to 80 jobs by the end of the year ahead of a rebrand.

As reported by iGaming Business, Australian gaming company Tabcorp struck a deal in July of last year to acquire the ACT regional agency in a move that granted Tabcorp an exclusive 50-year totalisator licence.

However, the country’s United Services Union has now told Australian public-service broadcaster ABC that Tabcorp has informed workers of plans to cut as many as 80 jobs at the agency by the end of the year.

The move will coincide with a rebranding of ACTTAB, which will be brought under the wider Tabcorp umbrella name.

“At least 70 to 80 jobs will go – they are devastated,” United Services Union organisers Rudi Oppitz said. “When the ACT government sold ACTTAB, we fought very hard to stop that sale taking place.

“We were told by the government and also by Tabcorp that this was going to be a golden opportunity for existing employees for job security and that there was the potential for new jobs to be created in Canberra. Now we find that’s not the case.”

In response, Tabcorp issued a statement in which it said that the jobs cuts would only have an impact upon workers in casual roles at the agency.

The statement added: “As a result of the ongoing integration of the businesses and systems of ACTTAB and Tabcorp, a number of ACTTAB roles will be phased out over the next six months.

“We will maintain a core head office in Canberra.”

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