Press Release: BREAKING: Rosewood Hotel Georgia Breaches Labour Laws in Attempts to Undermine Hotel Strike

Vancouver – The BC Labour Board ruled this week that the Rosewood Hotel Georgia committed multiple breaches of the province’s labour law and that the Hotel’s use of impermissible replacement workers undermined the ongoing strike of their employees. The strike is now in its sixth week.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia was found in breach of the anti-scab provisions of the Labour Code by using impermissible managers to do the work that would normally be done by the striking employees. The Board has issued a cease and desist order against the Rosewood which has been filed in court for enforcement.

Instead of sitting down and addressing the concerns of their employees that would resolve the historic strike, Rosewood Hotel Georgia instead repeatedly used unauthorized tactics in unsuccessful attempts to mitigate the impact of the strike on services inside the hotel, that are completely shut down without workers. In addition, both the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Shangri-La hotels acknowledged that the Hotel Georgia had reached out to them and that they had accommodated hotel reservations from guests leaving Hotel Georgia. Pursuant to a consent order the hotels will not offer further assistance to the Hotel Georgia during the strike and will not oppose the union seeking to picket at the hotels if they are found to be allies of the Hotel Georgia in the future. Hundreds of Rosewood Hotel Georgia workers remain on strike for a contract which provides a five-star standard for workplace safety including sexual harassment protections, economic and job security improvements in Vancouver.

“Our members at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia work hard on a daily basis to provide the five-star service the hotel is known for. They are fighting for better working conditions now, a brighter future at this hotel, and are demanding respect long-overdue at the Rosewood. Hotel management has broken off negotiations twice, and is refusing to meet with staff at the bargaining table to address their concerns. Instead of resolving this labour dispute, management is doing the work of our members, undermining the strike and attempting to run the hotel without us. We will remain on strike until the Rosewood Hotel Georgia starts behaving like a five-star hotel and acts as a responsible employer,” said Zailda Chan, UNITE HERE Local 40 President.

The Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels reached agreements to settle their strikes on October 16 with contracts that set new standards on compensation, workplace safety and job protection for hotel workers that will transform the lives of their employees. Despite this, Canada’s top-rated hotel has now become an outlier and is the only hotel still under strike. UNITE HERE Local 40 urges the hotel to return the bargaining table immediately and respect their workers whose five-star service has no substitute, illegal or otherwise.

 

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