Hertz staff vote for strike

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Car Rental News - 07/12/2009


Looming strikes threaten Vancouver Olympics travel plans

With the Recession hitting the travel and tourism badly, many companies were forced to resort to cost cutting measures, raising the ire of employee unions. The latest industry to be faced with strikes appears to be the car rental industry. The employees of Hertz Car rentals in Vancouver have unanimously decided to call for industrial action against their employer. Reportedly, around 90 percent of total employees have voted for this strike.

This strike may hit Hertz at the worst possible time. People arriving in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics may find themselves without a car from Hertz. The Winter Olympics was supposed to give Hertz a much needed boost in the post-recession scenario.

Andy Ross of Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 378, who is the spokesman for the union representing the staff, declared that the company would be given a 72-hour notice to comply with the demands of the staff. Failing this, industrial action would be necessary. The strike will occur in the middle of January if talks fail.

People attending the Winter Olympics might find themselves greatly inconvenienced as this is the third strike to be declared in the Vancouver region. Staff of Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) also unanimously voted in favour of a strike. Around 91 percent of the work force was in favour and the strike may be held in the next ninety days. PCL was to hold a shuttle bus service to ferry people during the Winter Olympics. Also, a strike has been declared by baggage handlers as talks failed with employers Swissport. West Jet and Continental Airline passengers will be affected with the on-going strike.

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