|Issue No 63
|21 July 2000
Hotel Worker Survey Questions Olympics Preparation
By Andrew Casey
Nearly three quarters of Sydney Hotel workers are convinced that their management has made little or no preparations for the Olympics - which are just eight weeks away - according to a Hotel Union survey.
And just under eight per cent of Sydney Hotel workers rate the Olympics preparation work done by their employer as bad.
ACTU President Sharan Burrow will speak at an LHMU meeting of all Sydney Hotel workers next Monday morning at the Masonic Centre.
Ms Burrow will emphasise the importance of hospitality workers being organised to get the best career opportunities, best professional standards, best pay and best conditions.
" Hotel workers want their employers to talk to them right now about their preparation for the Olympics," Kylie Mills of the Hotel Union - the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union ( LHMU) - said today.
" If our top class Sydney Hotels don't start taking their employees into their confidence soon then morale will completely collapse at a crucial time.
" Our members pride themselves on their professional standards of hospitality. The Olympics will be a time when these standards are truly put to the test - and we all want to pass with flying colours."
The hotel and tourism industry is a profitable growth industry. Union members want to make sure they get the respect for making this industry work - and that they get their fare share, Ms Burrow will tell the meeting.
Kylie Mills of the LHMU said:" We did our own confidential survey to try and test the waters - and we were shocked that so many of our members recorded a lack of confidence in the preparation work being done by the Hotels.
" More than half of our members answered the questionnaire - and the survey results marked the hotels as poor.
" If our members are not confident about the hotel's Olympic preparations then we have to worry that the professional standards will slip," Kylie Mills of the Hotel Union - the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) - said today.
" That's why our members want us to run our "Let's Talk" campaign - to get the companies to sit around the table and talk right now with the delegates about their legitimate concerns," Kylie said.
The LHMU meeting on Monday - which starts at 8.30am at the Sydney Masonic Centre - is expected to be an overflow meeting of members anxious about getting the best results for the Olympics.
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