JUSTICE FOR VICTIMIZED HOTEL WORKERS!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1.OO PM
THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL
108 CHESTNUT STREET
(east of University, south of dundas)
CALLED BY THE ONTARIO COALITION AGAINST POVERTY IN SUPPORT OF THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL WORKERS COMMITTEE
The Metropolitan Hotel offers luxury service to well off guests but
all this pampering comes at a price that is paid by its workers. The operation run by Henry Wu and his managers at the Metropolitan engages in an appalling abuse and exploitation of the mainly immigrant workforce that richly needs to be challenged.
OCAP has been asked to take up the case of four victimized hotel workers driven out of work by Wu's regime. Shahid is a devout Muslim man from Pakistan whose religious devotions bothered managers at the Metropolitan. He was harassed to the point where, in extreme emotional duress, he resigned his job. Rosalina from the Philippines was fired for her refusal to be intimidated by management bullying. Anita, another Filipina worker, was driven out after contracting cancer. Tony, a Brazilian worker and leading rank and file activist hated by management, was fired on the basis of bogus assault charges that did not stand up in court. All were considered insufficiently docile or capable of generating profits and were, accordingly, discarded without regard to the contributions they had already made to enriching the Wu family and its hangers on.
The Metropolitan Hotel Workers Committee, with the support of OCAP, is organizing to win justice and reinstatement for these workers and to address the many horrendous grievances of the whole workforce. The union that organizes this hotel has ruled out any defence of these workers (three of whom were union members) and we will not defer to such passivity in the name of unity.
Please join hotel workers, OCAP members, trade unionists and activists from a number of the immigrant communities that make up this City in a rally to challenge employer abuse and to demand workers' rights now.
For more information call OCAP at (416) 925-6939