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Hundreds of Hotel Georgia workers strike following breakdown in negotiations

Last Updated Sep 23, 2019 at 11:26 am PDT

Hotel workers protesting in downtown Vancouver area on September 20 SOURCE: Unite Here Local 40/ Twitter

Over 200 Hotel Georgia workers went on strike Sunday after negotiations between their union and the hotel

The workers join employees from three other Vancouver hotels who walked off the job last week

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Over 200 workers at the Hotel Georgia have walked off the job and are on the picket line as of Sunday morning.

UNITE HERE Local 40, a fighting union for hospitality workers in BC says the workers have been without a contract for eight months.

“They gave their proposal, the workers were not happy with it,” Sharan Pawa of UNITE HERE Local 40 said.

Pawa has since clarified that workers walked off the job after they presented a counter-proposal, which is when Pawa claims the Hotel Georgia “broke off bargaining.”

Hotel workers striking include, front desk agents, room attendants, chefs and other many others.

“They are not getting what they deserve, which is safety on the job, respect for the work that they do, better wages, job security and just work load protections,” Pawa said.

The strike action follows walk-outs at three other Vancouver hotels, Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify when the union workers walked off the job. According to the union, it was after a counter-proposal was presented, at which point the Hotel Georgia “broke off bargaining.”