HONOLULU - Hotel workers at odds with management are picketing in front of the Ilikai Hotel and Luxury Suites in Waikiki.

The workers walked off the job Thursday morning.

UNITE HERE Local 5 represents about 60 employees at the hotel.

They say they are paid about $3.50 below the average for hotel workers in Waikiki and they want to be paid what their contemporaries make.
"They don't give us what we want for a contract and the workload is worse than the other hotels," Ludvina Collins, housekeeper at the Ilikai said. 

"We've been without a contract for about two years, which is far too long for us here working for the union. As you can see here, we have a lot of support here so we really really need to get our contract signed," Richelle Rodero-Miyasato, guest service agent at Ilikai Hotel said. 

Hotel management says the workers service only 227 of the 1045 rooms at the Ilikai.

The rest of the rooms are private condos. Because there are so few rooms, management says the hotel would not survive if it paid the same wages larger institutional hotels pay their workers.

The workers will be back on the job tomorrow, it was a one day strike.