Employees Protest Low Wages at InterContinental Hotel
Today, outside the InterContinental Hotel on Avenida Vitacura in Las Condes, employees held a demonstration to protest low wages.
SANTIAGO – The protest began early in the morning and was still going strong at 11 a.m. To show their contempt for the hotel, protesters threw toilet paper on all the trees outside the hotel and scattered ripped newspapers all over the sidewalk. They waved signs and used noisemakers to make a scene outside.
They held various signs on bright poster boards that read “Injustice and labor exploitation has to stop,” and “We are dying of hunger.”
One of the protesters explained there were 150 hotel employees outside on the streets protesting their low salaries. He said they need raises because they all have families they’re unable to support. Their low wages prevent them from living a comfortable life. Also, he stated they have terrible working conditions inside the hotel, but did not go into much detail about the conditions.
He explained that the people who pay for the hotels services are extremely wealthy. Because it is so expensive to get a room at the hotel, he said they should have higher salaries.
A young student shared she did not have enough money to pay for her university classes and therefore was protesting the low wages.
So far, they have not received any responses from anyone regarding their assertions about low wages. A protester explained currently the people inside the hotel don’t care.
The protesters did not seem like they were willing to stop any time soon. They set up tents outside on the sidewalk supporting one protester statement, “This is just the beginning.”