Hyatt Churchill standoff with Unite the Union continues over collective grievance for 30 Housekeepers.

The request for a collective grievance for union members of the Churchill housekeeping department continues. The hotel wishes to have 30 individual hearings to push through the changes. The union says that this is a collective change and should be negotiated collectively. Any one persons agreement/disagreement will affect the remainder of the department.

Union members are meeting on Saturday 15th November to discuss the matter and what action should be taken to counter their allegations of "bullying and intimidation".

The London Living Wage (LLW)....Hotel Workers questions answered. "The Living Wage is the Minimum Wage , the Minimum Wage must be a Living Wage".

Q......What is the London Living Wage (LLW)?
 A...... The LLW is calculated annually by the Mayor of London's GLA Economics department. Both Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone and Tory Mayor Boris Johnstone have given their support for the payment of the LLW to hotel workers.
 Q.....Why did the London Living Wage come about? What is wrong with the National Mimimum Wage?

Hotel Organisers from American Hotelworkers Union meet London Hotel Workers.

This 27th October Matthew Walker, vice president of American hotel workers union UNITE-HERE and Kurt Petersen, New York Hotels Organising Director, met for two hours with 40 London Hotel Workers from the Hyatt and Hilton group.

The discussion centred on the Hyatt Group and its new Andaz chain.

Churchill Hotel refuses to hear collective grievance signed by 30 members.

The Hyatt operated Churchill Hotel has for the past 10 days been refusing to hear a collective grievance about proposed new terms and conditions that the Churchiil wants to introduce.

Branch Secretary Hugh O'Shea says..."the hotel want to have 30 meetings instead of one...we thought that British companies were always complaining about red tape...."

The hotel commented that they believe our members were "harassing employees" but no information was given.

Three union members were interviewed by hr and asked in meetings lasting 15-20 minutes "why are you in the union?"

West London Citizens and Unite Hotel Workers commit to "London Living Wage" strategy.

At the 3rd Annual Assembly of West London Citizens, held at the Islamic Centre of England in Maida Vale on 8th October, 2008, plans for the Hotels Sector over the next year were approved.

The Unite Central London Hotelworkers branch committed to another year of membership of West London Citizens. Branch Secretary Hugh O'Shea and twenty members were on stage to hear the speech from Hotels Action team member Theodor Lawrence.

Theodor is a lay member of All Saints Church, Notting Hill and this is his speech................

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