After a long strike to protest working conditions, the Vancouver hotel workers strike reached a partial end today. This is thanks to a tentative agreement that has been reached between the UNITE HERE Local 40 hotel workers and four hotels where they were employed, the Westin Bayshore, Hyatt Regency, Pinnacle Harbourfront & Four Seasons hotels.

According to a press release from the union, the strike continues at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia where they haven't reached an agreement yet.

Hotel workers went on a strike earlier this month, after rallying for better job security, a safer workplace, and better wages in the hotel industry. 

According to Teresita Gonzales, a Room Attendant Supervisor at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, they've won job security and reduced workloads for room attendants as a result of the strike.

1,200 hotel workers went on a strike for the first time in 20 years, demanding that American hotel corporations like Marriott stop paying Canadian workers less than their American workers counterparts, according to a press release from UNITE HERE Local 40.

Hotel workers picketed for fair wages, basic job security and safety reforms to prevent injury and address ongoing sexual harassment being experienced by many female workers, according to a statement from the B.C. Federation Of Labour. 

This agreement comes just after NDP leader Jagmeet Singh joined hotel strikers in their rally in downtown Vancouver on Monday, October 14.

Singh was the first federal party leader to show support for striking hotel workers in their fight for secure and safe jobs in Canada’s most expensive city, according to the press release from UNITE HERE Local 40.

The NDP leader held up signs and chanted along with the striking hotel workers for better working conditions. He praised the crowd for rallying to demand better conditions in the hotel industry.

“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. 

Narcity has reached out to the four hotels and the union and will update this story.

The hotel strike has received a lot of media attention, especially after workers accused the Belmont Hotel of creating a sexualized work environment.

TransLink workers may go on strike in Vancouver soon after their union voted 99% in favour of a strike recently.


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