Hotel workers mark the 'one year countdown' to London 2012

Room attendants, waiters, porters and kitchen staff will, on the eve of the countdown (Tuesday, 26th July) to one year until the London Olympics, protest against the treatment of the hospitality sector of its workforce.

When: 6pm, Tuesday, 26th July 2011

Where: Olympic Clock, Trafalgar Square

At the Olympic 2012 clock in Trafalgar Square, Unite members from the hospitality sector will gather to demonstrate their support for the London Living Wage (LLW).
Hotels still refuse to meet their responsibilities to pay staff fairly.

  • Unite the Union says: "this shameful position is damaging to London’s Olympic reputation and its standing in the world." 
  • Unite regional officer, Dave Turnbull says "the failure of major hotels in London to genuinely embrace the concept of a Living Wage for their staff tarnishes London’s reputation as the Olympic city and leaves workers feeling like second class citizens in a world class destination.”
  • Unite Hotel Workers branch says  "our members want a London Living Wage and refuse to accept that they should get the London Poverty Wage that so many hotels pay to their workers."

Hospitality Industry workers will leaflet London tourists to inform them of the low wages paid to staff. Many hotel workers are paid the lowest possible legal wage of £5.93 per hour, which means they get paid around £2.96 (tax and deductions) to clean a hotel room.Unite the Union is calling on The Mayor of London and the Olympic organisers to end the practice of hotels to give staff what amounts to a London Poverty Wage. 
London Hotel Worker branch members
London Hotel Workers who support our campaign
are invited to our "2012 Hospitality Review Meeting" which will take place at...................
Unite House,
128, Theobalds Road,
London WC1X 8TN.       5.00pm to 7.00pm.......nearest tube Holborn [central/piccadilly lines]
The meeting will take place on Monday, 15th August.
AGENDA............London Living Wage
                            Fair Tips Campaign 
                            Migrant Domestic Workers
Guest Speakers to be announced