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.
Hotel workers take to the streets at 7am this morning for DAY #3 of the #strike! DON’T CHECK IN at #Vancouver‘s @westinbayshore, @hyattvancouver and @pinnaclevan hotels until they show their workers respect! https://t.co/AakeNk8bzz #yvr #bclab #canlab #1job pic.twitter.com/Wdt10HOj6K
— Unite Here Local 40 (@UniteHere40) September 21, 2019
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.”