As a result of escalating workload and duties, room attendants at the Fairmont Royal York report being unable to take their breaks. On Thursday September 22, all room attendants took their breaks at the same time and room attendants held rallies in the staff cafeteria to educate other departments about the unbearable workload. As a result of taking breaks and working safely, many room attendants were unable to complete daily work assignments. -�The need for rest and recovery is essential for room attendants,-� commented Paul Clifford, President of UNITE HERE Local 75. -�Over the course of a room attendant’s working life, she will make tens of thousands of beds. With increasingly luxurious beds, it’s no surprise that repetitive strain injuries are increasing for room attendants. Without proper breaks, room attendants are at risk of injuries.-� Workers at the Fairmont Royal York are currently in contract negotiations. On January 31, 2006, 4,000 workers at 23 Toronto hotels will also be in contract negotiations with major hotel companies. On September 27, Royal York workers voted to authorize a strike. Workers are seeking protections on safe workload as well as improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions while company proposals attempt to move the collective agreement backwards.
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