Hyatt hotel workers announced they are calling for a boycott of their employer, Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Frustration among hotel workers has deepened as the global Hyatt Corporation continues to prosper, while it fails to demonstrate a commitment to providing quality jobs for their hotel workers.
Today’s announcement comes nearly three months after the expiration of workers’ contract on June 30. Hyatt workers will gather in front of the hotel, the site of several large demonstrations in recent months, to make their announcement. The boycott represents the latest escalation in a labour dispute with Hyatt locally and internationally. The Hyatt boycott in Vancouver will join fourteen other active boycotts of Hyatt properties in North America.
“I am calling for a boycott and asking guests not to eat, drink or sleep at the Hyatt. The boycott means that I’m making a sacrifice, since I may lose shifts. I am the main provider for my family since my husband is on medical leave, but I’m doing this for a better future in the long-term,” said Naden Abenes, a room attendant at the Vancouver Hyatt.
Hyatt serves as the starkest example of how global hotel companies prospered even during the recession. In one day, Hyatt Corporation’s owners made $900 million when they took the company public in November 2009. Meanwhile, Hyatt hotel workers have endured reduced hours, understaffing, and heavier workloads, which put workers at higher risk of injury.