|Issue No 41||26 November 1999|
Hotel Workers in Unprecedented Action
The emerging activism of Sydney hotel workers will be highlighted when they hold a city-wide work meeting next month.
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union is expecting up to 1,000 workers to attend the paid stop work meeting on December 14 at the Sydney Masonic Centre.
Using the theme: 'A rare chance to make a better future' the meeting will be used to launch campaigns on: the great salary rip off; increasing work loads, an Olympics allowance, a Sydney Allowance (basically a pattern wage claim) and contracting out
LHMU organiser Troy Burton says activists from various areas will speak on each issue, and there will be interactive "colour and noise" components to each campaign such as post cards, stickers, petitions and pledge sheets.
"The motivation we are using to encourage people to attend is very much an "it's time" theme," Burton says.
"The labour market for hotels is currently very tight, with virtually all hotels understaffed. This has meant increasing workloads, but at the same time decreasing fear about job security.
"Our message is that there has never been a better chance to improve working conditions in hotels, and coming to the stop work meeting will send a message to the employers. By simply turning up to the paid stop work meeting, people will be able to make sure that the message sent is loud and clear."
The LHMU has been vigorously organising major CBD hotels over the past 12 months.
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