Room attendants, front desk agents, cooks and other hospitality workers at the Westin Bayshore in downtown Vancouver, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, could walk off the job as early as this Saturday. Fed up with little progress in bargaining and without a contract for a year, Westin staff have issued their 72-hour strike notice as of 10:00am Wednesday, September 11th. Workers at the Hyatt Regency issued their 72-hour strike notice earlier this week, meaning picket lines could go up as soon as Thursday morning. The workers at the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, still face a lockout threat imposed by hotel management.
Employees of these high-end hotels want stable and sustainable jobs; the hotel industry expects full-time availability from staff without offering full-time hours, leading to increasingly precarious part-time and on-call work. An example of this is Westin’s “Green Choice Program” which encourages guests to skip room cleaning services under the false pretense of helping the environment. This systemic cutting of hours in the industry prevents workers from earning enough to support themselves and their families in Metro Vancouver.
For more information contact Sharan Pawa at 604-725-0053 or [email protected]