Amid the booming tourist season, this week hotel workers from Hyatt, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle voted 89% in favour of taking strike action, while Hotel Georgia workers voted 84% yes for a strike mandate on August 7. In response, the Hotel Georgia issued a lockout notice effective Thursday, August 22. A lockout would be unprecedented at Canada’s #1 hotel and comes on the heels of a human rights complaint filed against the hotel earlier this month; certain female staff who filed the complaint are seeking protection for workers from sexual harassment and assault by hotel guests.
One Job Should Be Enough! Is the demand of 1500 hotel workers and their families.
While Vancouver’s hospitality industry enjoys record profits, the hotels have failed to bargain a contract for staff with livable wages and enough hours to create jobs that can sustain a family in Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam or Surrey. Safety is also a top concern as heavy workloads commonly cause injuries to workers, and several women have recently come forward about sexual harassment and assault faced on the job. Workers at the hotels, most of whom have been without a new contract for over a year, are frustrated with their current working conditions and are prepared to act to achieve changes for a better life.
For more information, please contact Sharan Pawa at 604-725-0053 or [email protected].