Workers at the Legoland theme park in Günzburg in the south of Germany continue to fight for a collective agreement (see previous stories) and against company attempts to dismiss the democratically-elected works council chairman, Nikolaus Lauter.
Since December 3 the Korean Women's Trade Union (KWTU) has been holding rallies in front of the Incheon Hyatt Regency to protest the abusive treatment of women janitors. Since this department was outsourced women janitors have been employed under new work contracts without notification and paid for only 6 of an 8-hour shift.
Hotel and restaurant workers in Curitiba, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Parana, have been on strike since November 30 against the employers' refusal to increase wages. Employers' representatives have not only refused to negotiate in good faith but have also appealed to the tribunal to prevent protesters from holding noisy actions in front of hotels and restaurants.
The IUF and Meliá Hotels International, the Spanish-headquartered hotel chain with over 38.000 employees worldwide, have signed an agreement confirming Melia's commitments to respect fundamental rights at work, including but not limited to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The agreement applies to all hotels under Melia's brands, whether they are owned, managed or franchised.
Members and leaders of the union at the upscale Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan and their supporters rallied at the Karachi Press Club on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to highlight the ongoing struggle for basic rights and recognition. Participants denounced management's refusal to recognize the union and reinstate dismissed workers despite multiple court orders and a decision by the ILO dating back over a decade.