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VIDEO: Santa Claus, Grinch at union-led Vancouver flash mob
Santa Claus and the Grinch teamed up for a flash mob last weekend, protesting on behalf of recently laid-off cleaners at Vancouver's Pacific Centre Mall.
According to the flash mob's release and the Unifor Local 3000 union, 150 cleaners for Cadillac Fairview lost their jobs in October. Unifor says the cleaners made $12.50 an hour, and new workers were hired at a rate of $10.50 an hour.
(Unifor represents the 150 cleaners and represents more than 300,000 workers in Canada's private sector. It was founded this fall, over Labour Weekend weekend.)
"We're providing a bit of entertainment for the shoppers the last weekend before Christmas," said Unifor B.C. director Gavin McGarrigle, "but in a way that lets them know that for these workers, Christmas this year will be very difficult."
According to Unifor's press release, "many of the cleaners remain unemployed and have lost their benefits."
The workers had staged a protest in downtown Vancouver on October 31, the day they were to lose their jobs, which was caused when Cadillac Fairview's contract with Servantage expired.
"The whole process was very clear and transparent and we felt we did our due diligence and ended up making that decision," said Cadillac Fairview spokesperson Ultan Kampff in October (Globe and Mail).
The company had offered the cleaners their jobs back but for 20 per cent less, said one employee in October.
Cadillac Fairview owns the Waterfront and Pacific Centre buildings, the same site of last weekend's flash mob.