“Hyatt Hurts!” solidarity action by hotel workers in India

On 17 April the Tamil Nadu State Committee of the IUF-affiliated Hotel Employees Federation of India (HEFOI) held the first of a series of protest actions in India against the Hyatt hotel chain in support of the UNITE HERE “Hyatt Hurts” campaign. The protest action in Chennai directed at the 5-star Hyatt Regency Hotel involved 225 union members from several hotels in the city of Chennai, which is a major tourist destination. While a panicked Hyatt management asked state police to cordon off the hotel to “protect” it from demonstrators, and police kept the protest action nearly 3 km away from the property, local media from a dozen TV channels and newspapers reported on the action and the “Hyatt Hurts” message was widely publicized.

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