The work environment at Marriott Chateau Champlain, one of Montreal’s downtown hotels, looks tense, with the employer pointing the finger at anti – union practices. A demonstration is planned this Saturday in solidarity with the union president who was unfairly fired in the eyes of those representing the company’s workers.
According to the Federation of Commerce, the hotel management affiliated with the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) has been violating the collective agreement for more than a year, generally the responsibility of the unionized workers by performing duties at subcontractors and executives.
This practice, explains Michelle Valiquette, head of the hospitality sector in the federation, reduces the recall rate of workers laid off since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Only “15 to 25 people” have been recalled since the hotel reopened after major renovations, compared to 220 union members – management staff, cooks and divers, Volquet said in a telephone interview – for example – of the pre-health crisis.
“We started to see very interesting occupancy rates, but there were some callbacks,” lamented Mr. Walliquet, who said it was hard manpower to understand why it took so long for many companies in the hospitality sector to call back employees when they reported shortages.
Elected officials were questioned
The Confederation of Trade also decided to question government ministers Legalt and Trudeau, indicating that they were acting in this way despite being benefited by government aid programs such as the Marriott Chateau Champlain and its owner’s provisional Consorted Action Program (for businesses). And the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (SSUC).
As of March 31, Chateau Champlain Ltd received a partnership of $ 6.2 million from PACTE, while hotel and real estate group Tidan, the hotel owner, received approximately $ 10.7 million. According to the program’s federal registry, Tidon also benefited from SSUC.
“By doing so, management is not alone [de l’hôtel] It repeatedly violates the existing collective agreement, but is directly responsible for keeping unemployed workers who only ask to be called back to work, ”the letter argued. Tap Was able to contact.
In an email statement, Tidon said his response would come next week, noting that there was an arbitration process to renew the collective agreement.
The union president was overwhelmed
On Monday, the Administrative Labor Court ruled that Ida Gonsalves, president of the Marriott Chateau Champlain Workers’ Union, could gain access to the hotel union office despite being fired last month.
M.To me Gonsalves lost his livelihood on July 14 after a demonstration in the hotel lobby the previous week. Ownership also prohibited access to Marriott’s Union campus.
The tribunal held that this was a violation of “the fundamental rights of the Union.” He also ordered the owner to allow Srinu.To me Gonalves to participate in compromise or negotiation sessions with the intention of renewing the collective agreement.
According to the Federation of Commerce, the exhibition begins in front of Tidon’s headquarters in Sherbrook Street West and ends in front of the Marriott Chateau Champlain.
Opened in 1967 to welcome visitors to Expo 67, the 600-room hotel underwent an interior facelift that ended last spring.