MEDIA ADVISORY: Historic strike action today; Workers from Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin, Pinnacle hotels to hold lunch hour strike

For the first time in nearly two decades, Vancouver’s downtown hospitality workers – from the  Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels – will walk off the job in a coordinated lunch hour strike, fighting to change the hotel industry into one which provides safe and stable work. The workers will gather outside of the Hyatt Regency hotel for a picketing action. Workers from the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, will join the strike action in spite of a lockout threat imposed by Hotel Georgia management. After this lunch hour, striking staff from the four hotels will be returning to work.

Over 1000 employees of the hotels involved are fighting for safe and sustainable jobs in the industry in order to provide for their families in Metro Vancouver. Safety and workload issues remain a priority in this labour dispute; the systemic cutting of hours in a growing hotel industry has left employees with unsafe and unsustainable workload levels, while expectations for top-tier service in Vancouver continues to rise. The workers are calling for improved safety standards, workload protections, better staffing levels and are demanding “One job should be enough!” in a booming industry which continues to make record profits year after year.

Employees of these prominent Vancouver hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have been without a collective agreement for up to 14 months.

 

Lunch Hour Strike    

Date: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 (Peak time 12:30pm)  

Who: Hotel workers from Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin, Pinnacle hotelsWhere: Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver



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Contact: Sharan Pawa, 604-725-0053, [email protected]