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Thursday, August 24, 2000
Hotel workers to stage walkout

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Thousands of Sydney hotel workers are expected to walk off the job Sunday to stress their demands for a special allowance to work during the upcoming Olympics.

 The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) said Friday that workers would walk out of hotels across Sydney's central business district in support of their claim. The union is pressing for an industry-wide Olympic bonus of $550 Australian, about $500 Cdn.

 Union assistant secretary Mark Boyd said the claim was justifiable.

 "We believe 550 is justified because it's what members say the period to them is worth," he said. "People are very clearly going to have transport issues and hotels are saying they need some flexibility out of their work force, which the award doesn't allow.

 "People are going to be asked to change rosters at short notice, and clearly, the position of our members is if hotels want changes for the Olympics period, they are going to have to pay for it."

 Boyd said the action could range from stop-work meetings to full strikes, depending on the decisions of workers at the different hotels.

 "Our campaign will continue until we reach agreements. If nothing is resolved, there is no reason why the campaign won't continue during the Olympic period," he said.

 The allowance would cover 8,000 hotel workers including cleaners, porters, chefs, waiters, waitresses, receptionists, car park attendants and stewards.
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