SMABC is hosting a Zoom Solidarity Lunch-In info session to build solidarity and support for Unite Here! Local 40 and the hotel workers fight to protect the jobs and livelihoods of one of BC's most gendered, racialized work forces. Learn more about how BC's 'unequal women' have been abandoned and shut out by their employers due to the pandemic. This event is for non-profits, charities and community-based groups to hear about the challenge hotel workers are facing in BC, what we need government to do now, and what you can do to support their fight for their jobs, and for justice.
Further info: The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and its social, health and economic impacts are particularly devastating for women and racialized communities. About 50, 000 hotel workers were laid of in March 2020 and the majority are women and people of colour. Many hotels in British Columbia are now refusing to commit to bringing women back to their jobs when business returns. The BC government has given the tourism industry a $105 million bailout and yet hotels have begun firing women. This is an opportunistic attack that threatens to lower industry standards and cause untold damage to the work conditions of racialized women in British Columbia.