Fairmont Royal York workers have voted to authorize strike action by midnight this Thursday if the hotel chain cannot come to the bargaining table with an offer that will ensure decent jobs and working conditions for the workers. Over 86% voted for strike authorization at the hotel, which is hosting guests of the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
"We are prepared to protest all day Friday if the glaring problems at work remain ignored. We worked hard during the G20 Summit and the busy summer tourist season. But it’s now time to put our needs first. We’ve worked off stage to keep the hotel running, unrecognized and unappreciated for too long. The hotels are profiting, but we are shut out of a better future for ourselves and our children," said Myleen Piansay, a Steward at the Fairmont Royal York.
The workers, who are primarily immigrants, women and people of colour, make the beds, mix drinks, serve banquets, wash dishes and provide virtually all the front-line service that hotel guests receive. Their contract expired on July 16th of this year.