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(en) Canada, Toronto, ocap*, ACTIONS!! SOCIAL HOUSING NOT SOCIAL CLEANSING and RE-INSTATE HOTEL WORKER EMILY TANG

From OCAP <ocap@tao.ca>
Date Wed, 26 Jan 2005 21:25:06 +0100 (CET)


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ACTION! SOCIAL HOUSING NOT SOCIAL CLEANSING! Tuesday, February 1: 12 noon
All Saints Church (corner Dundas/Sherbourne) MEAL, then, on to City Hall!
co-sponsored by the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
On February 1, Toronto City Council will vote on a proposal to ban
homeless people from sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square. People sleep at
City Hall because the shelters are full and conditions in many of them are
dreadful. People are forced to sleep ontside because there's not enough
truly affordable housing. By removing the homeless from the Square, the
politicians hope to remove a major political embarrassment from under
their noses. They will also send a message to every cop, City official, and
narrow-minded vigilante in Toronto that it is open season on the homeless.

Council talks about wanting to find 'solutions' to the housing crisis.
The City owns a beautiful, six-storey building at 590 jarvis that could be
social housing. Instead, they are selling it to a condo developer. We
are organizing a community tour of the property to show the whole City
what a precious resource is being squandered. On February 1, we will be
asking for the key so that 590 Jarvis can be inspected by community
representatives and to confront and defeat the bylaw against sleeping in
Nathan Phillips Square.

Come out on February 1st to demand housing for all -- not crackdowns on
the homeless.

for more info contact OCAP: 416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca

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EMILY TANG FIRED BY THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL!!

PICKET THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 30 - 3pm
108 Chestnut Street, West of Bay South off Dundas

To-day, Metropolitan Hotel Workers Committee member, Emily Tang, was fired
by the Metropolitan Hotel. She had been suspended for weeks for violating
a shameless policy that bans workers from making public statements about
the Hotel deemed negative by management.

Emily has been targeted in this way by the Metropolitan’s owner, Henry
Wu because she has been ready to take a stand for justice in her workplace
and because all attempts to intimidate and silence her have failed. She
is herself one of the many workers at the Hotel who have been injured by
the workplace conditions imposed upon them and her anger at what she and
her fellow workers faced turned her into someone who refused to be
bullied. A great deal of information about the injustices Emily has
played a role in fighting can be found on the MHWC website at
www.metropolitanhotelsworkers.org

This attack on Emily is an attempt to silence the committee she is part of
and it will fail miserably. It is also a vicious attack on the right of
workers to free speech and their ability to challenge employers who abuse
and exploit them. While her termination letter repeats the assertion that
Emily has made ‘untrue statements’ no one in Hotel Management, from Wu
down, have ever responded to repeated challenges to show that anything
said by the MHWC, its members or supporters, has been false. Emily has
actually been fired for speaking the truth because Wu would rather it stay
hidden.

The MHWC will expect the union that represents Metropolitan workers, UNITE
HERE Local 75, to take every action to defend their fired member. Given,
however, that the union’s lawyer recently attempted to convince Emily that
the Hotel’s gag order policy was reasonable and that she should obey it,
it will be necessary to pressure the union leadership on this issue and
for the MHWC and its supporters to act independently in Emily’s defence.

It should finally be said that the work of the rank and file MHWC has been
a vital development in this City in terms of immigrant workers fighting
back against employers who feel they are above challenge. This is a
serious attack but it can and must be turned back. Emily is ready to go
on speaking out and fighting back and she needs and deserves your support.

The MHWC will not have the opportunity to formally meet for several days
but,based on discussions that have taken place to-day among workers and
supporters, it is possible for the following initial outline of a
solidarity campaign to be put forward.

1. All supporters please come out to the above mentioned picket at the
Metropolitan this Sunday. Bring flags and banners and messages of support
from your organizations.

2. Call the Metropolitan Hotel’s General Manager, Jeremy Roncoroni, at
(416) 977-5000 and let him know this firing must be lifted.

3. Contact Local 75 President, Paul Clifford or Alexandra Dagg of UNITE
HERE National leadership and urge them to take up this fight in a serious
way. They are at(416) 510-0887 or info@unitehere.ca

4. If you are based at York University, add your voice to the call for
Henry Wu to be kicked off the Board of the York Foundation. His conduct
as an employer renders him unfit to play a role in a body linked to a
public institution.

5. Henry Wu owns three hotels in Canada. They are the only hotels in this
Country that are listed as part of a corporate network of hotels and hotel
chains who band together for mutual promotion purposes under the name of
Preferred Hotels. They are active in a range of cities and countries.
Their website is at www.preferredhotels.com . We are asking people
everywhere to contact or hold actions at hotels linked to this group to
demand that Henry Wu to be removed from the Preferred Hotels Board and
that his hotels to be taken off their international listings.
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* [Ed. Note: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]


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