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Myanmar: Hotel Tharabar Gate workers continue fighting for their rights 11-02-2019

The targeted dismissal of union leaders and members, the brutal destruction of the workers' solidarity camp and arrests of protest marchers have not deterred workers at the Hotel Tharabar Gate from taking public action to demand their rights.

 


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Netherlands court confirms food delivery couriers are workers with collective rights 26-01-2019

Two recent decisions by an Amsterdam court mark a victory in the ongoing fight for worker rights in the 'platform economy'. According to the court, Deliveroo's elimination of employment contracts and the legal transformation of couriers to self-employed status last year had not altered the fundamental relationship of authority and dependence: the couriers remained in an employment relationship as defined in Dutch law.

 


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IUF and Meliá agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, a first in the global hospitality sector 24-01-2019

The IUF and Spanish-based Meliá Hotels International have signed an agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, the first such agreement between the IUF and an international hotel chain.

 


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Union members among the victims of Nairobi terrorist attack 21-01-2019

Four members of the IUF-affiliated KUDHEIHA who worked at the DUSITD2 hotel complex in Kenya's capital Nairobi were among the victims of the January 15 terrorist attack which killed at least 21 people. Hospitality workers again find themselves in the front line of such attacks.

 


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First collective agreement for the hotel/restaurant sectors in Guinea 09-01-2019

On July 25 last year, the national department of tourism hosted the ceremonial signing of the country's first national collective agreement for the hotel and restaurant sectors, with the participation of the Prime Minister.


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Denmark: 3F organizes for a collective agreement for Tivoli Gardens fast food workers 03-01-2019

The IUF-affiliated 3F (United Federation of Danish Workers) is organizing to bring under a collective agreement a group of fast food restaurants in Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens many of whose primarily young workers are employed under precarious conditions and denied basic benefits including pension contributions.


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TGI Fridays workers claim compensation for working during holiday period 18-12-2018

Workers at TGI Fridays in the UK are still fighting for fair pay after their long mobilization won important initial gains.
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Myanmar: Police arrest protest marchers after destroying Hotel Tharabar Gate workers’ solidarity camp 12-12-2018

TharabarCampDestroyed1smallPolice acting on the orders of local authorities have destroyed the solidarity camp continuously maintained on public space since October 12 by union members at the Hotel Tharabar Gate together with family members and supporters. A union march to the regional government authority protesting this attack was then dispersed and 13 trade union members were arrested.

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San Francisco Marriott workers return to work with important gains, ending nationwide US hotel strikes 06-12-2018

MarriottSFsettlementStriking members of UNITE HERE at 7 Marriott San Francisco hotels voted overwhelmingly to approve a new agreement after two months on the picket line, closing 9 weeks of strikes at Marriott involving close to 8,000 workers across the country.
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Victimized trade unionists at Burger King Spain reinstated following public campaign and negotiations 21-11-2018

Burger King Spain has cancelled the disciplinary dismissals of the three trade unionists dismissed solely for their union membership and activity earlier this year.
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Industrial actions bring gains for TGI FRIDAYS workers in the UK 16-11-2018

TGIFweb%20logoA series of well-publicized strikes over tipping and minimum wage abuses by workers at TGI Fridays in the UK and support from Unite and the IUF have achieved important initial results.
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Hotel housekeepers around the world highlight their fight for rights in IUF Global Week of Action 06-11-2018

Argentina2Hotel housekeepers around the world took action to highlight their fight for rights and recognition during the IUF 5th Global Week of Action from October 8-14.
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Myanmar: Hotel & Tourism Workers strike over rights violations at the Hotel Tharabar Gate, Bagan 18-10-2018

TharabarGateStrike1Protests launched by the IUF-affiliated hotel and tourism workers' union federation, HLOB, on September 10 have escalated into strike action by hotel workers in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, a major tourist attraction and cultural heritage site.

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Union protests escalate at Accor's luxury Pullman Jakarta Hotel 18-10-2018

PullmanJakartaFSPMAction1bisOn October 17, the IUF-affiliated independent national hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM held its fourth mass protest action in front of Accor's luxury Pullman Jakarta Hotel.

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Marriott strikes spread as thousands more workers say 'One job should be enough!' 10-10-2018

MarriottHawaii2sUNITE HERE members at Marriott hotels in 5 more U.S. cities have joined the growing national strike, which now brings the number of strikers to 7,700 at 23 hotels. On October 8, 2,700 union members walked off the job at Marriott-operated hotels in Hawaii.
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Fast food workers around the world rise up for their rights 09-10-2018

FastFoodDay4Fast food workers around the world are rising, and showed their determination to fight for rights and recognition on October 4, the IUF's International Fast Food Workers' Day. Across the globe, workers and unions held strikes and rallies and demonstrated their mutual solidarity and support in the struggle for decent pay and conditions and union recognition.


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'One job should be enough!': Marriott workers on strike in cities across the US 04-10-2018

MarriottBostonMore than 4,000 members of UNITE HERE are now on strike at Marriott hotels in 3 U.S. cities in support of their demand for jobs that are safe and enough to live on. Union members are also preparing for possible strike action at Marriott in other cities across the country after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize strikes if bargaining fails.

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Strikers return to work at upscale Spanish hotel with agreement to reduce workloads & precarious jobs 24-09-2018

BeLive3Housekeepers and valets at the Hotel Be Live Experience in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) ended their ongoing industrial action on September 6 with a vote in favor of a pre-agreement that establishes a negotiated framework for reducing the intolerable workload on housekeepers, guarantees more hours to valets and establishes more permanent positions.

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Hotel chains respond to campaign against sexual harassment 18-09-2018

MWWT2In June the IUF launched a global campaign for action to protect workers in the hotel sector from sexual harassment and assault. Marriott, in response, has rejected the IUF call for negotiations.

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Spain: unions win legal recognition of hotel housekeepers' injuries and illnesses as occupational diseases 13-09-2018

On August 30 the tripartite body on employment quality in the hospitality sector, which brings together employers, unions and governments at local and national level, agreed to officially recognize a group of specific illnesses and injuries affecting hotel housekeepers as occupational diseases. 

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Myanmar: hotel workers protest irresponsible, unethical tourism at Bagan's historic Tharabar Gate 10-09-2018

Protest actions were launched by HLOB, the IUF-affiliated hotel and tourism workers' union federation in the Bagan, Myanmar, to denounce rights violations at The Hotel Tharabar Gate. On August 24 management terminated 12 workers including the union chairperson, two union executive officers and seven union members.


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Burger King attacks the right to organize in Spain 05-09-2018

No%20a%20los%20despidos%20Burger%20King%20SpainIn recent weeks Burger King Spain SLU which manages over 380 restaurants, has dismissed two union workplace leaders in response to union activity, Carmen Poveda and Sara Faddane, and one union member, Aitor Romero.

Their union, IUF affiliate CC.OO has filed a claim in the courts for unfair dismissal and violation of freedom of association



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UK: Workers at TGI Fridays in holiday walk out 28-08-2018

TGIFridayUKsmallWorkers at TGI Fridays restaurants in the UK held a new series of strike actions in their on-going dispute over tipping and minimum wage abuses. The strike from August 23 to 26 was timed to coincide with a UK public holiday.
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ILO's corporate partnerships put global standards at risk 26-08-2018

The IUF and ITUC have requested an urgent meeting with the ILO Director General to discuss corporate partnerships following the ILO decision to partner with Fast Food giant McDonald's through the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.


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Workers strike at Spanish luxury hotel over outsourcing and precarious jobs 17-08-2018

HotelBeLiveThe housekeepers and valets of the upscale Hotel Be Live Experience in Lanzarote, in Spain's Canary Islands, are on strike against outsourcing and precarious jobs. Workers are required to clean up to 26 rooms per shift in addition to cleaning other areas, compelling them to work up to 10 hours a day without stopping to eat to complete their assignments.

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No rights for workers at Marriott's Bali paradise 13-08-2018

1124Global hotel giant Marriott's 5-star W hotel in Bali-Seminyak, Indonesia promises guests a "stay in paradise". But there's trouble in paradise for workers at the hotel who attempt to exercise their basic rights. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO MARRIOTT


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Marriott workers in Italy win a new CBA 08-08-2018

IUF-affiliated Filcams Cgil, Fisascat Cisl and Uiltucs have renewed the CBA for nine Marriott hotels in Italy, involving some 3.000 workers.


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Swiss union investigation into housekeeping in Marriott Zürich hotels reveals exploitative, dangerous and unsanitary conditions 19-07-2018

An investigation by IUF affiliate Unia into housekeeping in Marriott-branded hotels in Zürich - one of the world's most expensive cities - shows the brutal consequences of cut-throat outsourcing: extreme speed-up and exploitation of a vulnerable workforce resulting in dangerously unsanitary conditions for workers and guests and multiple violations of the regional collective agreement for the cleaning sector which sets minimum legal working conditions.

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New Zealand Court of Appeal confirms protection of agency workers' rights 17-07-2018

IUF New Zealand affiliate E tū has welcomed the NZ Court of Appeal's rejection of an application by LSG Skychefs to appeal a lower Court decision which asserted that hundreds of agency workers working in the company's airline catering operation were in fact employees of the company.

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Thailand: KFC Yum! Brands defies ruling ordering company to reinstate fast food union president 12-07-2018

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Despite a ruling by the tripartite National Labour Relations Committee on April 4, ordering Yum! Brands Thailand to reinstate a national leader of the country's first fast food workers' union, Apantree Charoensak, on the same terms and conditions as she had before her unfair dismissal, the company continues to deny her access to the workplace, refuses to issue an employee ID card, and is withholding her benefits such as bonus pay.

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Argentina: Good Practices Manual for the HRCT sector 06-07-2018

UTHGRAlogoAfter several months of discussions between the IUF affiliated UTHGRA, the private sector and the government, a Good Practices Manual on work in hotels and restaurants has been approved and published. UTHGRA's investigations and work in support of the IUF Global Housekeepers Campaign was the stimulus and the basis for the development of the manual.


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Marriott workers around the world demand global measures to combat sexual harassment 28-06-2018

PhilippinesMarriott2On June 27, IUF members at Marriott hotels around the world demonstrated in support of the union call for concrete action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which afflicts hospitality workers.


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Spanish hospitality workers on 3-day march to Malaga to demand a collective agreement 04-06-2018

Malaga2Over one thousand tourism workers, led by the IUF's Spanish affiliates CC.OO Servicios and FeSMC-UGT, marched the more than 60 kilometers from Marbella to Malaga May 22-25 in support of their demand for a new collective agreement.

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Pay revolt continues with third round of strikes at UK TGI Friday's 01-06-2018

Workers at private equity owned 'casual dining' chain TGI Friday's in the UK launched a third round of 24-hour strikes on June 1 backed by the IUF affiliate Unite, following their strikes on May 18 and May 25.

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Marriott workers from around the world demand action to combat sexual harassment 30-05-2018

http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/Marriott1.jpgUnion members from Marriott hotels in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas came together in Geneva on May 29 to voice their demand for global action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which plagues the industry.

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UK TGI Friday's workers strike for fair pay 23-05-2018

TGIFweb%20logoWorkers at two UK restaurants of the US franchise chain TGI Friday's struck for 24 hours on May 18 after being given two days' notice that they would be stripped of 40% of their income from tips - a loss of up to GBP 250 per month. Workers at two other TGI Friday's locations have voted 100% in favor of possible strike action on June 25, with other locations set to follow. CLICK HERE to send a message to CEO Karen Forrester, telling the company you support the workers' demands and urging talks with Unite.



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Germany: Standing ovation for dismissed Deliveroo shop stewards as DGB Congress pledges solidarity and support for rights in the platform economy 18-05-2018

deliveroodgb2Two young workers dismissed from their jobs after fighting to form a works council at the food delivery platform Deliveroo received standing ovations on May 16 at the 2018 Congress of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) in Berlin.

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"Room quotas kill!",says GHC team in the Philippines on International Workers' Memorial Day 2018 02-05-2018

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On the event of International Memorial Day for Dead & Injured Workers, April 28, 2018 the Global Housekeeping Campaign (GHC) team in the Philippines held a motorcade through key areas in Ortigas, Makati and Manila where major hotels are concentrated to raise awareness of the effects of room  quotas on the health of hotel housekeepers. 


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Hotel workers in Hong Kong take action on International Workers' Memorial Day 02-05-2018

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On April 27, the day before International Workers' Memorial Day, the IUF-affiliated Catering and Hotel Industries Employees' General Union (CHIEGU) and HKCTU held an action in front of the Hilton Conrad Hong Kong Hotel to commemorate a housekeeping worker who died at work in October 2017 as a result of excessive working hours.


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Germany: union support for food delivery workers fighting for rights in the 'platform economy' 09-04-2018

Deliveroo1The German Food and Allied Workers (NGG) are giving strong support to bicycle couriers fighting for their rights at the food delivery 'platforms' Foodora and Deliveroo, who together employ over 4,000 workers in dozens of cities. A day of national action against exploitation, precarious work and union-busting at Deliveroo is planned for April 13.
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Philippines: RESPECT calls for wider application of government order making thousands of fast food workers permanent 08-04-2018

The Respect Fast Food Workers' Alliance (RESPECT) won an important partial victory in their long-running campaign for fast food workers' rights to secure jobs when the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on April 3 ordered Jollibee to convert 6,400 casual workers to direct, permanent employment.

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USA: ClubMed workers win a new collective agreement 04-04-2018

After 12 unionized housekeepers were replaced by contract workers at the Florida resort last October, North American affiliate the Teamsters fought back and finally reached an agreement with the ClubMed Sandpiper Bay, USA, on March 22, that sets a new standard for use of contract employees for the French company.
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Now it's official: six-year union drive wins workplace health standard for hotel housekeepers 15-03-2018

HousekeeperpainOn March 9, the state of California officially approved the first ergonomic standard in the United States written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers, capping a 6-year initiative by UNITE HERE.

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Italian affiliates to implement IUF/Sodexo joint commitment to prevent sexual harassment 09-03-2018

Filcams-CGIL, Fisascat-CISL and UILTuCS have negotiated with Sodexo Italian management for the implementation of the zero tolerance for sexual harassment joint commitment signed by the Sodexo CEO and the IUF General Secretary in June 2017.
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Outsourced Holiday Inn workers in France end their strike with important gains 12-02-2018

nonalasoustraitanceRoom cleaners and other outsourced workers at the Holiday Inn in Clichy, France ended their 111-day strike on February 8 by signing an agreement with the hotel's subcontractor Héméra which brings important gains.

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A new national agreement for Italian tourism workers to maintain social benefit and job security 12-02-2018

On February 9, IUF affiliates Filcams Cgil, Fisascat Cisl and Uiltucs Uil signed the new national agreement for over one million employees of fast food, catering, bar and restaurant sectors.

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Fast food workers in Thailand win first collective bargaining agreements 29-01-2018

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Fast food workers at one of the largest, nation-wide KFC franchises in Thailand have won their first collective bargaining agreements. 


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Union push brings new safety standard for hotel housekeepers in California 23-01-2018

CalOSHAThe California government agency responsible for workplace health and safety unanimously adopted on January 18 a specific set of standards intended to reduce the occupational injuries affecting hotel housekeepers, capping a 6-year drive by the IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE.

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International support for outsourced workers on strike at Holiday Inn France 22-01-2018

soustraitanceThe workers who clean the rooms, wash the dishes and perform other outsourced low wage tasks at the 4-star Holiday Inn in Clichy, France have been on strike since October 19 last year. On January 20, they brought their struggle to Geneva and the parent company Intercontinental.

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Housekeeper denounces brutal conditions in the hotel sector at EU Social Summit 21-12-2017

Carmen Casín, Spanish hotel housekeeper and member of the IUF-affiliated FeSMC-UGT's hotel section, used his position as panelist at the recent EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden to expose the brutal reality of work in the Spanish and European hospitality industry.
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