Delta East hotel workers went on strike at midnight tonight at yet another Westmont-owned hotel in Toronto when bargaining talks broke down. Frustrated that the hotel chain is trying to make the recession permanent for workers, this is now the fourth strike by workers at a Westmont property in the past two weeks.
"Conditions at this hotel are unbearable for workers. We’re understaffed, our workloads keep increasing and yet there is no security or assurance that we will have enough work to take care of our families now or in the future," said Ingrid Moncriffe, a Room Attendant at the Delta East. "Westmont’s lack of respect for workers is having a negative impact not just on our lives, but the lives of more than 2,000 workers across the city."
"My hours have been cut so much that even though I’m working seven days a week, I still can’t make 40 hours," said Maria Richards who has worked as a second cook at the Delta East for 12 years. "I went to school and graduated as a professional, but all my training and certification is being totally dismissed."