Toronto hotel workers threaten strike during G20 summit

3rd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Hotel workers in Toronto threatened Thursday to strike and picket at least one hotel where journalists and a French delegation have reservations to attend the G20 summit at the end of June.

Unionized workers at 32 grand hotels in the Canadian metropolis voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike, said Unite Here Canada spokesman Paul Clifford.

Clifford said one hotel, the Novotel Toronto Centre owned by French firm Accor, may see pickets as early as June 24 through the June 26-27 G20 summit.

The hotel is to house journalists and part of the French G20 delegation.

Clifford said a general strike involving all 5,500 unionized hotel workers in the city was unlikely, even if the workers may wish to "hold the G20 hostage."

Eleven other hotels could be paralyzed by a strike, the union warned, without specifying set dates for work stoppages.

Workers at 20 other hotels in the city also voted to strike, but have not yet begun contract negotiations.

The hotel employees are unhappy about work conditions and scheduling.

© 2010 AFP

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