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Melbourne’s Crown Casino is set to be hit with a large strike action on the eve of the spring racing carnival.

About 1000 card dealers, bartenders and restaurant staff will walk off the job for two hours on Friday night.

It will come as thousands of visitors arrive for one of the biggest weeks on the sporting calendar, with the Melbourne Cup held next Tuesday.

The union, United Voice, on Monday that its members had voted in favour of taking industrial action amid stalled negotiations over a new wage deal.

It will be the first strike action at Crown in 16 years.
It will be the first strike action at Crown in 16 years. Credit: AAP

Workers want better pay and better job security, saying its a tough place to work if you’re a permanent part-timer.

They say the spring racing carnival is the most profitable week of the year for the casino, which is Australia’s largest.

Friday’s strike will be the first such action in 16 years. Crown said they are still working towards a deal with workers.

 

United Voice said workers would decide on Friday night whether or not to continue action on the following day.

Saturday is Derby Day at Flemington racecourse, the first major meeting for Melbourne Cup week.