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(en) Canada, Toronto - Hotel Workers, OCAP, and Punching Out (NEFAC*-Toronto) Put Boss On Notice.

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Date Sat, 6 Dec 2003 17:04:16 +0100 (CET)


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On Wednesday December 3, 2003, a large delegation from the
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Punching Out (NEFAC-Toronto)
delivered a letter on behalf of two hotel workers who were harassed by
management until they quit their jobs under duress.
On Wednesday December 3, 2003, a large delegation from the Ontario
Coalition Against Poverty and Punching Out (NEFAC-Toronto)
delivered a letter on behalf of two hotel workers who were harassed by
management until they quit their jobs under duress. The letters were
delivered to Mr. Wu's personal secretary, and copies were handed out
to patrons in the hotel dining room. Meanwhile, a group of rank and file
hotel workers picketed outside of the hotel. The letter is reproduced
below.

December 3, 2003
Henry Wu,
Metropolitan Hotel,
Toronto, Ontario
Delivered by Public Delegation - see:
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/usermedia/image/hey_met.jpg
Dear Mr. Wu:

We have delivered this letter to you to-day by way of a mass delegation
to the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto. We are bringing to your urgent
attention the situation of two people driven from employment at this
establishment.

Ms. Anita Bautista, learned that she had tragically contracted cancer.
After this was brought to the attention of your managers, a process
that we can only described as 'constructive dismissal' was set in
motion. In a very short period, three disciplinary letters were issued
against her on dubious grounds. When this pressure did not produce the
desired results, Ms. Bautista was summoned to the management
office. She was presented with a document terminating her fourteen
years employment in return for fourteen weeks severance pay. She was
offered no chance to seek legal advice and denied even the opportunity
to consult with fellow employees. Under this extreme duress, she
reluctantly signed the document. This process was monstrously unfair
and we demand this woman employment be immediately restored.

Mr. Shahid Mehmood Shahid is another person driven out of his job at
the Metropolitan. He is a devout Moslem whose religious devotions
were found troubling to some ill chosen representatives of yours. He
began to be accused of improper conduct and the harassment reached a
level where, in a state of extreme emotional upset, he was forced to
offer his resignation. He must get his job back and be able to perform
his duties under conditions that he has a right to expect.

See also: http://nefac.northernhacking.org/usermedia/image/met_lunch.jpg
Mr. Wu, the Metropolitan is a prestigious hotel that I would presume
does not wish to be regarded as an abusive employer. I understand that
you are a wealthy man with extensive and far-flung business
operations. Doubtless you delegate authority in matters of 'hiring and
firing' at your hotels. I accept that you were likely not aware of the
circumstances of the two people that we are now bringing to your
attention. As of to-day, however, there is no longer any question of
'plausible denial'. You must now take full personal responsibility for this
situation and we want you to know that we shall continue to take such
public action as may be necessary to win justice for Ms. Bautista and
Mr. Shahid.

We are prepared to meet with you or your mandated representative
should you consider this necessary but please be assured that this
shameful episode will be fully exposed and vigorously challenged until
the serious grievances involved are settled.

Yours truly,

John Clarke, Organizer,
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
See also:
http://www.ocap.ca

NEFAC = North East Federation of Anarcho Communists


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