Employees at the Hilton, Delta and PUR hotels in Quebec City have been on strike since 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

They are using a part of the 48 hours of strike they are entitled to in order to speed up bargaining processes with their employers.

The federal union federation said a mass strike could take place on Sept. 9 if an agreement is not reached between the two parties. Though spokespeople for the union federation say the employers "must change their attitude."

Workers in 35 hotels are looking for compensation similar to the ones obtained by the Château Cartier hotel in Gatineau and the Quality Inn in Sherbrooke, who both received better employment security for the employees and increased employer participation in their pension plans.

Some Montreal hotels have been dealing with similar issues.

Montreal's Hyatt Regency has been in conflict with employers since July 25, the Holiday Inn Select Sinomonde has been on lock-out since Aug. 5, Hotel Espresso locked out its staff on Aug. 16 and Maritime Hotel workers faced locked doors on Saturday morning.

The current negotiations are being made by 35 unions with 5500 members who work in the hotel industry in various parts of the province.