Next branch meeting - Monday 7 October 2013

The next branch meeting will take place at the Union office in Holborn on Monday, 7 October 2013, at 17:00 (5 PM). 

The union office is located at 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn WC1X 8TN.

On the agenda:

  • Feedback from the branch World Tourism Day demonstration on Friday, 27 September

  • Reports from various workplaces

  • Plan of action for Living Wage Week in November

Words from the home front - poems by Jenny Wrangbord

Jenny Wrangbord is a catering worker in Norway. These poems were translated by Freke Räihä. Hotel workers are encouraged to submit their own contributions and stories.

The world's most important job

in the mornings
when we carry the chairs out to the open-air seating
we can see the Avenue awaking

the tram-rattling echoes between the six-story buildings at
the take-away and
we allow ourselves for a moment
to forget the stress behind the counter
in the morning light it still feels unrealistic

the sun up pushing itself behind the houses

Hotel chain fined for asbestos risk

According to a report on the HSE website, "A leading hotel chain has ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after construction workers and guests were put at risk of asbestos exposure at a Kent hotel.

London Hotel Workers nominate Len McCluskey for no 1 job at 4th February meeting

Len McCluskeyAt the 4th February Central London Hotel Workers meeting the branch heard two guest speakers, Billy Patterson who spoke in support of Jerry Hicks and Jimmy Kelly who spoke for Len McLuskey. Both speakers had ten minutes to make the case for their candidate and win the branch's nomination. In the end the branch voted to nominate Len McCluskey.

Posh hotel under fire for treatment of its housekeeping staff

Posh people’s hotel the Waldorf in London’s theatreland gains no stars for how it is treating its housekeeping staff, says Unite, the country’s largest union.  The Hilton-owned Waldorf is the latest in the chain to outsource its housekeeping staff who contribute to the smooth running of the hotel – and enable it to charge up to £500-a-night for a room.

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