July 28, 2012 · 0 Comments
Montreal Quebec – April 28, 2012 – (www.hospitalitybusinessnews.com) According to a report by the CBC about 70 workers picketed Wednesday afternoon in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal.
The manager of the hotel, Raymond Soumako, said they walked off the job during negotiations. He said management staff is now performing the workers’ tasks.
CSN labour federation treasurer Michel Valiquette said staff were wearing orange scarves with “csn” written on them, and management asked them to remove the scarves or leave.
Soumako commented yesterday that “earlier this week, a group of Hyatt associates disregarded our dress code policy in a deliberate attempt led by Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) to provoke punitive action on the part of management. In accordance with standard operating procedures, associates were presented a choice – to comply with the dress code and return to work or refuse and forfeit their shift that day. It is unfortunate that this exchange has been misrepresented and used to support CSN strike activities that, in addition to Hyatt Regency Montreal, threaten to affect hotels across the city.”
“We are proud that our associates have an average tenure of more than 15 years and believe their satisfaction and wellbeing is fundamental to the success of our business because they are the ones who provide authentic hospitality to our guests. To this end, Hyatt offers industry-leading wage and benefits packages, maintains an outstanding workplace safety record, and is a recognized leader in promoting a diverse workforce.” said Soumako