Richmond, BC — Pacific Gateway hotel workers will rally Thursday to commemorate one year of being on strike. Workers have been on the picket line every day, through rain, snow, and heat, since May 3, 2021, to fight back against mass terminations and economic rollbacks. During the pandemic, Pacific Gateway terminated 143 staff, mostly women and some with up to 45 years of service, while the hotel was used as a federal quarantine site. The federal government left the hotel earlier this year after workers urged them to move.
While a tentative agreement with Hilton Metrotown has been reached to resolve that year-long labour dispute, Pacific Gateway, owned by PHI Hotel Group, has refused to recall terminated staff to the hotel.
WHO: Striking Pacific Gateway hotel workers and community allies from across the lower mainland.
WHERE: 5300 Cessna Drive, Richmond BC
WHEN: Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 P.M.
VISUALS: Hotel workers and community allies chanting, marching, and speaking with colourful banners, signs, and bullhorns.
Striking Pacific Gateway hotel workers and UNITE HERE Local 40 representatives will be made available for interviews.
For additional information, please contact:
Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356, email@example.com
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.