The leader of the NDP Jagmeet Singh striked with Vancouver hotel workers on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14. He joined right in with the long-standing strike that's been deafening downtown Vancouver for weeks. Workers are striking so that their demands for safe working conditions were met and Jagmeet Singh not only applauded their efforts but joined in their cause holding up picket signs and chanting just like the strikers.

“A better working week, better justice and fairness, you want it for everybody, so you’re not just fighting for yourself, you’re fighting for all workers, and I thank you for doing that,” Singh said during the rally, according to City News 1130. 

“I want you to know, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you sisters, with you brothers, because you’re demanding fairness, you’re demanding justice, and you deserve it,” Singh continued. 

Singh was the only federal party leader to come and show his support for over 1,200 hotel workers who walked off the job over four weeks ago for more stable working conditions and better wages in the hotel industry.

Hotel workers who went on strike on Monday cheered loudly when the NDP leader arrived even though he didn't bring any of his famous Punjabi poutine with him for the crowd to share.

Many of the hotel workers even took selfies with Singh before the NDP leader joined them in the rally, chanting slogans and holding signs himself, according to a release from the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“We make it very clear that we're in it for working people. And it was an honour to march with striking Vancouver hotel workers fighting for justice and a fair deal on Thanksgiving,” tweeted Singh on his official Twitter account. 

The hotel workers have been on strike for the past month, and only reached a tentative agreement with many of the hotels on Tuesday, October 15.


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