ESOL--English as a Second Language

Last September the Branch arranged free English classes for hotel workers employed at the Hilton Metropole and Paddington.
This was achieved through our affiliation to London Citizens and with the involvement of Lewisham College Trade Union Studies Dept and the College's brilliant ESOL Dept and the TUC Vulnerable Workers Project.
Workers had told us that they needed lessons to be provided at the end of their shift and close to the hotels.

Ten Polish room attendants walk out of Kensington Close Hotel in Minimum Wage protest.

This Sunday morning, 10th August, after their long running problems with Central Hotel Facilities (CHF) about National Minimum Wage (NMW) violations had been ignored, ten union members working at the Kensington Close Hotel (KCH) walked off the job and demanded to be paid the NMW.

The ten Polish Workers met with Unite union branch secretary Hugh O'Shea on Monday and explained their problems to him.

Hotels prosper in 2008

The London Hotel Industry continues to do well.
London hotels are on track to grow revenues by 5% in 2008.
Revpar (revenue per available room) was up 3.1% in the year to May.

Recently the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson agreed that hotel workers and other service sector workers were the "backbone of the London economy" and made a considerable contribution to the success of the industry.

Yet the London hotel industry still refuses to pay workers a decent living wage.

It's about time we all did something to correct this injustice.

London Mayor Boris Johnson backtracks on London Living Wage election promise.

On 9th April,2008 an election hustings meeting in front of 2,200 Londoners was held at Central Hall, Westminster.
Twenty five members of this branch attended the meeting and heard
branch member Omosofe Ajaikaye, a room attendant at the Radisson Edwardian "Mayfair Hotel" speak to the 2,200 people in the hall and the four main candidates for London mayor.
She described the devastating impact a four year wage freeze had had on her life and received a standing ovation.

hotelworkers.org.uk to be "launched" at 1st September branch meeting

Hotel Workers at the 4th August branch meeting welcomed the decision to set up a union website for London Hotel Workers.
The banner will be revised, content from members will be featured and a "Why I joined the union" will feature as one of our primary headings.
If you are a member of Unite the Union's 1.1393 Central London Hotel Workers please register as a user.
85% of our members at the August branch meeting said that they were "comfortable" using computers or had "regular access to computers and the web".
We look forward to hearing about you and your story.

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