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Hotel workers to hold another strike during TIFF

Striking hotel workers walk on their own red carpet in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is hosting events for the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, on Sunday, Sept. 12.


Workers at a downtown hotel at the hub of the Toronto International Film Festival will stage the third in a series of one-day walkouts.

As the film festival celebrates its new home at the Bell Lightbox theatre with a street party, workers only a block away say they will protest outside the Hyatt Regency.

The hotel workers say they will have their own festival-related activities planned for 11 a.m., including an "alternative red carpet," where people can take photos with striking employees.

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On Saturday, workers staged a strike outside the Holiday Inn on Bloor Street.

Martin Sheen and his actor son, Emilio Estevez, threw their support behind another 24-hour walkout by workers at the swanky Royal York hotel on Friday.

Talks broke down between the union representing city hotel workers and hotel management this week, with workers demanding better shift hours.

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