Words from the home front - poems by Jenny Wrangbord

Jenny Wrangbord is a catering worker in Norway. These poems were translated by Freke Räihä. Hotel workers are encouraged to submit their own contributions and stories.

The world's most important job

in the mornings
when we carry the chairs out to the open-air seating
we can see the Avenue awaking

the tram-rattling echoes between the six-story buildings at
the take-away and
we allow ourselves for a moment
to forget the stress behind the counter
in the morning light it still feels unrealistic

the sun up pushing itself behind the houses

Hotel chain fined for asbestos risk

According to a report on the HSE website, "A leading hotel chain has ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after construction workers and guests were put at risk of asbestos exposure at a Kent hotel.

Posh hotel under fire for treatment of its housekeeping staff

Posh people’s hotel the Waldorf in London’s theatreland gains no stars for how it is treating its housekeeping staff, says Unite, the country’s largest union.  The Hilton-owned Waldorf is the latest in the chain to outsource its housekeeping staff who contribute to the smooth running of the hotel – and enable it to charge up to £500-a-night for a room.

Branch resolution re Hilton Hotels - 3 September 2012

At the September Hotel Workers Branch Meeting several Hilton Hotel workers gave testimony about serious abuses from new contractors bought in by Hilton Hotels to run their Housekeeping operations.
As a result of this testimony the following resolution was unanimously passed..
This meeting of the LE.1393 Central London Hotel Workers branch expresses its strong concern at the impact of Hilton Hotel’s current policy of Contracting Out their Housekeeping Departments to third party contractors.

"...what have the trade unions ever done for us?...." Read what Martin Luther King said.

"...the LABOR MOVEMENT was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life.

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