Ho was addressing an inauguration ceremony for new board members of the Macau Federation of Trade Unions.
The chief executive promised improvements in labour legislation and vocational training and added that the government would make efforts to ensure “stable employment” for casino workers.
The State Department’s 2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in China found that workers in Macao “have the right to join labour associations of their choice, but employers and the government wielded considerable influence over some associations”.
It added: “The law does not provide for workers to bargain collectively, and while workers have the right to conduct legal strikes, there is no specific protection in the law from retribution if workers exercise this right”.
Washington also accused the local government of interfering “in the functioning of workers’ organisations” and noted that the “government excludes persons with disabilities and domestic workers from the minimum wage law”.
The Macao government has refuted the report.