FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, BC — Contracted LNG camp workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 40, held a press conference this morning calling on LNG Canada and JGC Fluor to increase wages for contracted hospitality workers at the LNG site. JGC Fluor recently provided 12% increases to the BC Building Trades to address the skyrocketing cost of living and inflation but did not extend the same increases to hospitality workers. Contracted janitors, housekeepers, front desk, and culinary employees are among the lowest paid workers along the LNG pipeline.
Hundreds of workers from Sitka Lodge, Horizon North Dexterra at LNG, and at Crossroads Lodge recently delivered a petition to JGC Fluor demanding the company behind the multi-billion dollar project provide them the same increases that other LNG workers received. JGC Fluor is the prime contractor for LNG Canada.
Other workers left out of 12% wage increases include Sodexo camp workers, the largest group of contracted hospitality workers at the LNG site. UNITE HERE Local 40 sent a letter to JGC Fluor on behalf of Sodexo workers at Cedar Valley Lodge requesting the same increase.
Neither JGC Fluor or LNG Canada have responded to the workers’ petition or the letter.
“Why are we being treated like we’re second class? We’ve played a critical role during the pandemic making sure the LNG plant runs smoothly and protecting people’s health and safety. LNG Canada/JGC Fluor seems to recognize that workers facing rapid inflation are struggling to support their families but have forgotten those of us who live paycheque to paycheque,” said Bonnie Julien, a contracted janitor at the LNG site.
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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.