British Columbia’s Unequal Women

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Women from Pacific Gateway Hotel and Hilton Metrotown were fired last week. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of long-term hotel workers, many of whom are women, will be fired in the coming weeks as recall protections end.

Unequal Women: 19th century treatment in 21st century BC.

Today’s reality is that women in BC are treated unequally. While everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19, the impacts are unequal. Women of all races, sexual orientations, and abilities, especially working women, bear the brunt of the pandemic — economically, socially, psychologically, and physically.

Women who clean rooms, cook and serve are being treated like they’re disposable. The economic impact of COVID-19 on hotel workers, particularly women, will set them back to an earlier era.

The time to act is NOW.

We need your support. These hotels refuse to recall their long-term workers when the industry recovers. Instead, mass firings are being used to strip away gains made by the very women who are the backbone of this industry. If you have any questions or want to help, send a message to these hotels demanding that they stop hurting women who work in the hotel industry. No one should lose her job because of the pandemic.

In solidarity,

Zailda Chan
President
UNITE HERE Local 40

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