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Victoria, B.C.— Fasting hotel workers and their allies will hold a demonstration outside the BC Legislature as they await the province’s announcement on recall protections for laid-off workers. The provincial review of recall protections is expected to conclude on August 20. Hotel workers want a legal right to return to their jobs as business recovers. Meanwhile, the government contemplates the tourism sector’s request for a $680 million bailout as laid-off hotel workers face the risk of being permanently replaced. Non-union workers who were among those impacted by mass terminations at the Shangri-La and the Pan Pacific Hotels have joined the hunger strike.
WHO: Hotel workers, community allies from across Victoria and the Lower Mainland.
WHERE: 501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 12 p.m.*
VISUALS: Fasters marching in procession, socially distanced and wearing masks, with protestors chanting and speaking with colourful banners, signs, and bullhorns.
*Media availability with fasting hotel workers.
UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality workers’ union and represents members in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at UniteHereLocal40.org.