Workers at Tasmania’s two casinos will get back pay for compulsory problem gambling training they did in their own time.
Up to 700 workers will be paid between $100 and $150.
United Voice lodged a dispute with the Fair Work Commission last year about the lack of payment for the training.
United Voice secretary Jannette Armstrong said the commission’s ruling meant casino workers would be back paid for compulsory training they were instructed to take in their own time.
She said both the Country Club and Wrest Point casinos had agreed to pay workers for time spent in training for Responsible Conduct of Gambling courses, and committed to paying workers for future training.
“It was wrong that Federal Group expected workers to not be remunerated for compulsory training that is a very important requirement of their day-to-day work,” Ms Armstrong said.
“And it is outrageous that they’ve been expecting this of their staff since 2013.
“The time spent registering, training and doing this assessment takes four to six hours for employees to complete. This should never, ever have been unpaid work.”
Ms Armstrong said the union had also asked that a full audit of all training practices at both casinos be conducted.
She said she hoped the audit would establish further details on the numbers of workers who would receive back pay.
The union estimates that between 400 to 700 employees are affected and the cost of lost wages for unpaid training hours since 2013 could be up to $120 000.
Since 2013, casino workers have been directed to complete the compulsory training course at home.
The course teaches employees how to recognise and address problem gambling, how to understand gaming legislation and how to minimise harmful gambling.
Federal’s general manager Casinos and Resorts Dominic Baker said the company was happy “to reach a positive and fair outcome for our casino employees”.
“We highly value our employees who expect us to approach employment related matters responsibly and respectfully and we are taking positive steps to resolve some of the additional matters raised,” Mr Baker said.
“We will continue to participate in good faith in the Fair Work Commission process and it would not be appropriate to provide further public comment at this time.”