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Toronto Novotel Hotel Workers Strike!

June 28th, 2010

TORONTO– As of 6:30 am this morning, hotel workers at the Novotel Toronto Centre have gone on strike just as members of the G20 French delegation arrive at the hotel, which is run by the French company Accor.

“We’re a small group of workers who are just trying to maintain decent jobs with this global giant,” said Rik Hockley, a Banquet Server and member of the bargaining committee at the Novotel Toronto Centre. Approximately 80 workers have walked off the job after hotel management walked away from negotiations on Tuesday without even addressing an offer put on the table by UNITE HERE, the union that represents hotel workers.

“Their shameful conduct in these negotiations is apparent for the world to see, “says Paul Clifford, President of UNITE HERE Local 75. “After sitting on our proposal for a month, they finally tabled their first and only proposal on Tuesday and then walked out the door at 5:00 pm. That is not collective bargaining by anyone’s definition. The labour dispute at this hotel is entirely due to Accor’s heavy handed bungling of negotiations.”

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Strike looms as Novotel talks break off

June 23rd, 2010

Unionized workers at the Novotel Toronto Centre say they’ll walk of the job Thursday morning after contract negotiations broke off Tuesday night.

The talks faltered as the hotel on The Esplanade continued preparing for the upcoming G20 summit. A French delegation is expected to stay there during the meetings.

However, the union representing 80 workers at the hotel said Wednesday that a strike now appears inevitable.

“I’ve never seen so-called bargaining like this,” Paul Clifford, president of Unite Here Local 75, said in a written statement emailed to the Star.

“We prepared and presented a fair and reasonable offer addressing all of the union’s previously outlined concerns and requests,” said Eric Buitenhuis, Novotel Canada’s vice-president of operations, said in a statement.

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