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(en) Canada, Toronto, Daily noon-hour pickets at the Metropolitan Hotel in support of Pedro Vanegas

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:59:28 +0200 (CEST)

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Please forward this email widely and please come to the pickets, even if
you can only do so briefly. The Metropolitian Hotel Workers' Committee is
under sharp attack by the bosses and must be defended. Please see the
website (below) for futher information on the attacks on rank and file
workers who are part of the committee.
Daily noon-hour pickets at the Metropolitan Hotel in support of Pedro
12 noon, everyday this week! (July 26th - 31st) Metropolitan Hotel,
108 Chestnut Street, South Of Dundas, west Of Bay
Pedro Vanegas worked in the Banquet Services Department of the
Metropolitan Hotel and the heavy lifting and pushing of trollies that was
part of his job injured him. He has permanent injuries to his back and
shoulders that mean that he will experience pain for every day of the rest
of his life.
The Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has order Pedro to return to
work and the Hotel has offered him modified duties. His benefits have come
to an end but, astoundingly, the Metropolitan has demanded he produce
medical evidence from a doctor who has moved away and that no one can
trace as a condition of his being cleared to come back. In the meantime,
Pedro has to eat and pay the rent.

The Metropolitan Hotel doesn’t like Pedro because he speaks out on behalf
of his fellow workers and stands up for his own rights. They are looking
to find whatever pretext they can to stop him coming back. We demand his
Union represent him. We demand the WSIB step in and order the Hotel to
accept their instructions and give Pedro a starting date. However, we also
want to make clear that, supporters of the MHWC will be coming to the
Metropolitan shortly to bring Pedro back to work. If the Hotel won’t give
him a starting date, the supporters will make one of their own! Pedro will
not be left in limbo and his right to his job will be fought for.

You can reach us by calling: 1-416-969-0672
or by e-mail: justice@metropolitanhotelsworkers.org

* [Ed. Note: The Local Antiauthoritarian Anticapitalist network of
struggles is involved.]

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