Media Advisory: Hotel Workers to Kick Off Hunger Strike outside the BC Legislature, Calling on Province to Secure 50,000 Jobs before $680 Million Bailout of Tourism Sector

Contacts: Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356,, or Michelle Travis, 778-960-9785,

Press conference will precede launch of open-ended “Fast for Our Jobs.”

Vancouver, B.C.— Hotel workers struggling to feed their families and pay rent will launch an open-ended hunger strike outside the BC Legislature to draw attention to the crisis facing the province’s 50,000 laid-off hotel workers. The workers, who led a car caravan protest in June and demonstrations in Victoria and Vancouver last month, plan to encamp at the Legislature and forgo food until the government gives them a legal right to return to work as business recovers. While the province contemplates the tourism sector’s request for a $680 million bailout package, hotel workers need a guarantee that they will be first in line to get their jobs back. The “Fast for Our Jobs” will begin on Monday, August 10.

WHO:            Laid-off hotel workers, community allies, faith leaders from Victoria and the Lower Mainland.

WHERE:        BC Legislative Assembly, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC

WHEN:          Monday, August 10 at 10:00 AM

Press Conference begins at 10:00 AM;

Blessing Ceremony to open the hunger strike begins immediately afterward.

VISUALS:     Fasters and their supporters encamped on steps of BC Legislature, wearing masks, distanced 2 metres apart, chanting and speaking with colourful banners, signs, and bullhorns.

Media availability with UNITE HERE Local 40 president Zailda Chan and Hunger Strikers.


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