WATCH: Empress Hotel strike averted after an overnight deal was reached between the owners and union
A strike at Victoria’s iconic Empress Hotel has been avoided after a tentative deal was reached between the union and the employer in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The union representing almost 500 workers at the hotel issued strike notice Monday and said workers would walk off the job Thursday if a deal wasn’t reached.
The union says renovations at the hotel have led to undue stress, forced overtime and unrealistic demands on workers.
With just hours to go before a strike, the Fairmont Empress presented a new deal that the bargaining committee will recommend workers accept.
“The committee is very happy with the deal,” says Unifor Canada rep Stu Shields. “We addressed all of the concerns. Did we get everything that we want? No, but we’ve taken care of most of the problems that have been plaguing us and we think our member are going to be very happy with this deal.”
No details of the agreement are being released before members have a chance to vote on it next Tuesday.