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Unite challenges Waldorf Hotel on housekeeping outsourcing

Unite has put the Waldorf Hotel under fire for the way it treats housekeeping staff.

13 September 2012

The management at the famous Waldorf Hotel in London are being asked to get involved in union bargaining with Unite, following news that it is outsourcing its housekeeping staff.

According to Unite, this move disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and women, with general secretary of the union Diana Holland calling on the company to "reverse this flawed outsourcing business model" in a letter to the leaders of Hilton, which owns the hotel.

Instead, they ought to bring housekeeping services and departments back in-house, she suggested.

Waldorf management could also be investing in strike negotiations, as members of Unite's Central London Hotel Workers Branch held a demonstration against the hotel yesterday (September 12th).

Unite argued that any of its members who work in the Waldorf will have increased workloads and lower pay, as well as worse career opportunities.

The trade union is a campaigning and democratic organisation, claiming to fight for "all employees in the workplace".

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Unite press release, September 11th

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