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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Unfit For Purpose

London Citizens, a civic campaign group, and the union Unite has decreed that hotels in central London are "unfit" to host the 2012 Olympics.

Their rationale being that the hotels pay low wages, and have "Dickensian" working conditions. The groups are calling for hotel workers to be paid a "London Living Wage" of £7.45 an hour.

Hardly surprisingly the calls have fallen on deaf ears, as the British Hospitality Association note that a recession is not the best time to be raising wages.

Both sides make valid points.

However, they are ignoring the other aspect of the hotel industry in London that makes it unfit to host the 2012 Olympics; namely the appalling quality of many of the rooms/service on offer, and the "rip off" prices charged by the the hotels for accommodation, food and drink.

Until both issues are addressed, the hapless London Olympic tourist will be faced with poor quality overpriced accommodation and service.

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