June 10, 2023


Safe Travel USA

Laidoff hotel workers appeal to Richmond council for boycott

A federal contract to quarantine travellers was terminated at Pacific Gateway Lodge in January.

Laid-off Richmond resort staff are asking town council for a boycott of town small business at the Pacific Gateway Hotel.

Kai Sharpe, an organizer with the hotel’s union, UNITE Listed here local 40, will be talking to town council on Monday asking the metropolis not acquire portion or hold any events at the lodge right until the laid-off employees are reinstated and the labour dispute is resolved.

Sharpe is also inquiring the town to explain to all employees and contractors that expenses incurred at the Pacific Gateway Lodge will not be reimbursed.

The resort was designed into a quarantine centre in 2020, after which 143 employees were being laid off.

They have been picketing the hotel for about a yr.

The quarantine contract was terminated in January, even so, with the Public Overall health Company of Canada (PHAC) stating in a assertion to the Richmond Information, in reference to the layoffs, they ended up concerned about the hotel’s actions.

“…we have expressed our disappointment with Pacific Gateway and their procedure of their unionized workforce during these demanding moments. The wellness and safety of Canadians continue to be our major precedence,” mentioned a PHAC spokesperson in a assertion to the News.

– with information from Alan Campbell/Richmond News