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Accor Makes 'Cheeky' Olympics Offer

By Andrew Casey

Negotiations for an Olympics bonus with Australia's largest hotel group, Accor, broke down this week with the company offering Hotel Union members an insulting figure which can only create turmoil in the hospitality industry, the Hotel Union Assistant Secretary, Mark Boyd said today.

Accor runs some of the signature Olympic hotels in this city - out at Homebush, at Darling Harbour, the Menzies hotel in the CBD and hotels at Brighton Beach and Wollongong - , and all they were prepared to offer their employees is an extra $2 per hour.

" This is an insulting figure in light of the deals already made in the hospitality sector such as that from the Starwood Hotels group which provides an equivalent of $7.25 an hour.

" When we told Accor management that we couldn't take the $2 an hour offer back to members they cheekily increased the offer to $3 an hour," Mark Boyd said.

The Hotel Union - the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union - has begun informing members of their employers cheeky offer and an industrial campaign has started to put more pressure onto management.

Accor hotels in Sydney include the All Seasons Premier Menzies, the Novotel Darling Harbour and the Novotel Homebush at the Olympics venue site.

" Accor claims that they made $666 million in profits - but it seems those profits are just not enough to give our members a decent wage rate.

" Accor's Asia Pacific manager, Clive Scott, tried to justify the low offer by telling us that offers from Starwood and Star City could not be applied to their company because Accor did not operate in the high end of the hospitality market and that Accord " wasn't making enough money".

" The fact that Accor's income is measured in the billions of dollars makes it hard to accept that they cannot afford an extra payment of about $550 per worker for the Olympics," Mark Boyd said.


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*  Unions: Phone Rage, Headaches and Stress
A comprehensive survey of the call centre industry conducted by the ASU has revealed an industry workplace culture dominated by excessive monitoring and stress.
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*  Economics: And the Winner Is .... Sydney?
Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt looks at the export impact of the Sydney Olympics and asks if we'll win gold.
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*  International: Western Sahara: Referendum Or War?
A June UN referendum in Western Sahara could have provided the people of Western Sahara a chance to exercise their right to self-determination and independence. It didn't.
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*  History: The Union's Roots in Song
We look at some of the songs that kept working people going through their darkest hours.
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