Invitation to Hotel Workers and Restaurant Workers to lobby MPs at House of Commons in support of the "Fair Tips Charter" consultation.

All members of the Unite 1.1393 Hotel Workers branch and the Unite 1.1647 Restaurant Workers branch are invited to the lobby of MPs at Portcullis House, the administrative heart of Parliament, to show our support for the MPs who are supporting our struggle to change the law on tips.

We are meeting on Wednesday, 11th February,2009 at the Westminster tube exit, opposite Big Ben. We will gather from 10.15am to 10.30am and then walk round the corner to Portcullis House where we will meet Michael Connarty MP and John Cruddas MP, amongst others, to thank them for their support.

Central London Hotel Workers branch secretary Hugh O'Shea replies to Mr Michael Gray's comments about the Churchill Hotel and Unite the Union's alleged "misrepresentations".

Hugh O'Shea, Unite the Union hotel workers representative writes in response to the article printed below......

Mr Gray originally demanded that the 20th January, 2009 article be retracted. This was refused and he was offered a right to reply, which you can read below.

The Hyatt Churchill trialled the replacement of trolleys by hand baskets among several members of staff in Autumn 2008. The trial lasted three days.

One member of staff who took part in the "hand baskets trial" told the union...."this will ruin my knees, ruin my back, ruin my health."

Hyatt Churchill General Manager, Mr Michael Gray, replies to our website story of 20th January, 2009 about trolleys in the Housekeeping Department.

Mr Gray has written................................

"Following your article recently concerning Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, the article totally misrepresents the facts of the situation which were explained very clearly to Unite and indeed accepted and acknowledged by their representative before the publication of this misleading article.

2nd February,2009 Hotel Workers meeting cancelled due to "worse snowfall in London for 18 Years."

We apologise for the cancellation of the February 2nd, 2009 branch meeting. This is the first cancelled meeting in over 10 years."

The decision was taken because of the "severe weather warning" issued by the Met. Office and the advice given to people to avoid travelling wherever possible.

London's Hyatt Churchill Hotel confirms that the plan to "axe the trolleys" has got the chop.

Employee appeal meetings were heard on Thursday 15th January,2009 to discuss the "axe the trolley" demand of the Hyatt Churchill. Mr Eric Weber, Resident Manager, represented the Hyatt. Housekeeping employees were told that there would be no discussion of the plan to get rid of the trolleys because...."removing the trolleys no longer forms part of the proposed changes".

The Hyatt had proposed getting rid of the trolleys because "they do not look nice in the corridors".

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