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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-10

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Adelphi workers to strike over poverty pay

LOW paid workers at Liverpool's world famous Britannia Adelphi Hotel went on strike, on 23 December 2016 and will again walk out on New Year's Eve after their scrooge employer flatly refused to negotiate on pay and conditions despite a huge rise in profits.

RMT members, who work at the Hotel, said that they will not book on for shifts that start between a minute after midnight and 23:59, on 23 December 2016 and do the same again on 31 December 2016. These are 2 of the Hotel's busiest days of the year and it has shocked many tourists in the area.

The RMT said that:- "Despite Adelphi profits rising by 40% to £1.14 million, helping Britannia to double its group profits and hand out a huge £35 million dividend, the company remains a minimum wage employer and refuses to discuss paying the Living Wage Foundation rate of £8.45. As profits have risen, the Hotel has added to staff anger by blanking RMT's call to end 0 hours contracts, cutting room cleaning times by 20%, reducing staffing levels and even denying its workers free use of the Hotel car park."

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "It is shameful that the Adelphi's owners are sweating both their assets and their workforce while paying the lowest possible wages. Tourism in Liverpool is booming, yet Britannia is denying its staff a fair share of the profits they have generated. Britannia Group boss Alex Langsam has raked in a personal fortune of £220 million on the backs of our members' labour, and they have had enough. Britannia can clearly afford to pay a living wage, and the company knows that RMT is ready to talk whenever they are, but our members have served notice that they will no longer be treated like Victorian-era servants."

We have contacted Britannia Group for a comment.


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