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Finland: PAM and Sodexo agreement on implementing global commitment to prevent sexual harassment 29-07-2019

The IUF's Finnish affiliate PAM has signed an agreement with Sodexo OY on implementing the global agreement on preventing sexual harassment signed by the IUF with Sodexo in 2017.


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Denmark: Burger King workers win their first collective agreement 26-07-2019

The IUF-affiliated 3F has won a first collective agreement covering 33 Burger King restaurants owned by four different operators.


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Italy: Combatting sexual harassment - trade unions keep pressure on Marriott 15-07-2019

IUF affiliates Filcams-Cgil, Fisascat-Cisl and Uiltucs-Uil met with Marriott Italy on June 28 to discuss policies to fight sexual harassment at Marriott's nine luxury Italian hotels. The unions' demands included proposals for swift action on reported incidents, appropriate sanctions of harassers including guests, and appropriate support to victims.


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Germany: NGG mobilizing against employer push for longer, 'flexible' hours in the hospitality sector 08-07-2019

The German Food and Allied Workers Union NGG is mobilizing to defeat employer efforts to extend working time in the hospitality sector. The employer association is pushing for changes to the law which would extend the legal working day to up to 13 hours in hotels and restaurants and allow for employees to be sent home on short notice during slack times.


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Switzerland: UNIA urges Marriott to negotiate measures against sexual harassment 05-07-2019

Activists from IUF affiliated UNIA demonstrated in Bern on June 24 and distributed the Zurich report and leaflets calling on Marriott to negotiate with the IUF measures to stop sexual harassment in its hotels.


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US airline catering workers prepare for mass strike action 11-06-2019

IUF affiliates organizing thousands of airline catering workers in over 20 cities are balloting for strike action over the next two weeks in support of their demands for a living wage and affordable health insurance.


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Spain: Unions fight to reinstate hotel housekeepers dismissed for demanding rights and recognition 06-06-2019

Nine housekeepers at the Hotel Condestable Iranzo in Jaén (Andalusia) were dismissed in May while organizing a union and demanding the application of the collective agreement for the hospitality sector in the province. The CC.OO Services Federation is fighting for their reinstatement as unions challenge the massive growth of outsourcing which is impoverishing hotel staff.


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Kenya: New CBA brings gains for hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism workers 06-05-2019

A new two-year collective agreement between the IUF-affiliated KUDHEIHA and the
Kenya Hotelkeepers and Caterers Association (KHCA) brings important gains for workers in some 180 catering, hotel and restaurant establishments and safari clubs, lodges and camps.

 


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Hong Kong, Indonesia: global support for Myanmar hotel workers fighting for rights 03-05-2019

In March, IUF members around the world showed support for 6 imprisoned leaders and members of our affiliate HLOB in Myanmar. The 6 are now free after serving their sentences, but IUF affiliates worldwide are taking action in support of HLOB's fight for the reinstatement of 12 union members and officers terminated last August and 23 members who were terminated in December for refusing to cross the union picket in solidarity with the 12.

 


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IUF Accor unions reaffirm commitment to organizing and fighting for rights 17-04-2019

Representatives of unions organizing Accor workers came together in Morocco and formally resolved to intensify efforts to have Accor commit to a signed agreement on working jointly with the IUF to eliminate sexual harassment in Accor-branded hotels.


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JustTourism: a union web portal in the global hospitality sector promoting fair hotels 09-04-2019

JustTourism is a new web portal maintained by IUF members in the global hospitality sector providing updated information on hotels which respect trade union rights.


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Sentences served, Myanmar hotel workers leave prison - struggle continues for rights and reinstatement 02-04-2019

Six leaders and members of the HLOB union at Hotel Tharabar Gate in Bagan were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were tried, convicted and immediately taken to prison on March 1 after being arrested in December for attempting to lead a peaceful march to protest the brutal police destruction of their solidarity picket.  The struggle for reinstatement and trade union rights at Hotel Tharabar Gate continues - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE  to the government of Myanmar!


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Maldives: Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections 01-04-2019

In the lead-up to national parliamentary elections on April 6, the IUF-affiliated Tourism Employees Association of Maldives (TEAM) organized protest actions calling for a legal minimum wage to be established in the country. TEAM sent letters to all political parties participating in the elections, calling on them to recognize the need for a legal minimum wage for resort workers.


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Global solidarity with jailed IUF hotel union members in Myanmar 15-03-2019

IUF members around the world have responded to the jailing of 6 hotel union leaders and members at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanmar with demonstrations of support and union visits to the country's diplomatic representations abroad.

 


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IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion 07-03-2019

IUF members around the world are calling on the government of Uganda to cancel a plan to promote Uganda's tourist industry with a "Miss Curvy" beauty contest as well as add "sexy" women to official literature listing Uganda's "attractions".


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Iceland: hotel housekeepers strike for a living wage on International Women's Day 07-03-2019

Hotel housekeepers in Iceland will be on strike on International Women's Day in support of their demand for a a living wage and better working conditions. Some one thousand housekeepers working in hotels and guesthouses in and around the capital Reykjavik, a majority of them immigrant women, will take part in the strike.

 


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Myanmar hotel workers imprisoned for defending their union and their rights 04-03-2019

On March 1, the chairman and 5 other leaders and members of the union of workers at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanmar's Bagan Archeological Zone were convicted of attempting to hold a peaceful protest march after police brutally destroyed the union's solidarity camp last December. The 6 trade unionists were each sentenced to one month's imprisonment and arrested immediately after the verdict was pronounced, an unmistakable announcement by the authorities that trade union activity in Myanmar is now criminalized. CLICK HERE  to demand the government unconditionally free the 6 unjustly convicted trade unionists.


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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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