UNITE HERE Local 75

UNITE HERE Local 75

June 09, 2016 11:37 ET

Media Advisory: Cafeteria Workers go on Hunger Strike at U of T

Workers losing out as university brings food service contract in-house

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 9, 2016) - Cafeteria workers from the University of Toronto will begin a hunger strike on campus today, protesting their mass termination and loss of job security due to the university's move to bring food services on St. George campus in-house.

Because of an existing loophole in Ontario labour law, the long-time cafeteria workers are being forced to re-apply for their jobs and are being put back on probation. Significant numbers of these workers could be terminated even if they are offered jobs by the university.

The majority of these workers are immigrant workers. Many have served the university community for more than a decade, some more than twenty years. They expect better from an anchor institution like the University of Toronto.

These terminations are occurring even as the Wynne liberal government is entertaining changes to labour law that would make the actions of the university illegal.

What: A Hunger Strike Kick-Off Rally in front of U of T's Convocation Hall, where two University of Toronto cafeteria workers, joined by supporters, will begin a six-day hunger strike; Rally will feature hundreds of supporters with signs and banners

When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 4:30pm

Where: In front of Convocation Hall, University of Toronto (31 King's College Circle, Toronto)

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