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IUF COVID-19 Demands: Equality
ILO Convention 172 and Recommendation 179
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Guinea: IUF demands reinstatement of terminated trade union leaders at World Bank funded Sheraton Grand Conakry 12-10-2020
Only a few months after winning the union election, hotel union General Secretary Amadou Diallo (pictured right) and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo (pictured left) were sacked by their employer on October 7.
IUF warns G20 Tourism ministers that COVID-19 is being used as cover to suppress workers' rights 07-10-2020
The IUF has again called on G20 Tourism Ministers to work with trade unions to protect both the livelihoods and the health and safety of tourism workers.
World Tourism Day 2020: Build Back Better 25-09-2020
On World Tourism Day (WTD), September 27, 2020, the IUF is calling on employers, governments and UN agencies to "Build Back Tourism Better" by committing to a safe, secure and sustainable tourism sector with workers' rights at its center.
IUF Safe Return to Work during COVID-19 Demands: Catering 18-08-2020
In this IUF guide on safe work during the pandemic, catering workers and their unions are provided with measures which will protect them from exposure to COVID-19.
The guide goes further to demand a post pandemic world where all catering workers are employed directly, have regular hours with secure employment and can access their rights to enjoy healthy and safe jobs with adequate wages, social benefits and good working conditions.
IUF Safe Return to Work during COVID-19 Demands: HRCT 18-08-2020
Millions of workers in the HRCT sector are suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Crucial to the rebuilding of the sector will be strong trade union voices guiding the policy development and implementation in order to ensure robust health and safety measures, income security, job security, gender equality including health care and sick leave, and above all trade union rights.
Myanmar: Under cover of COVID, management at Bagan Hotel River View launches new attack on trade union rights 08-07-2020
Management of the Bagan Hotel River View in central Myanmar's famous Bagan Archeological Zone is again attacking basic trade union rights, using COVID-19 as a pretext for dismissals targeting union members and leaders.
Marriott's Moxy UK workers win through unions' coordinated pressure 07-07-2020
Thanks to coordinated union struggle, workers at UK Moxy hotels, one of the many Marriott brands, will benefit from the UK Government's job retention/furlough scheme. They will also receive backdated wages totalling thousands of pounds.
Maldives: TEAM leads fight to stop new attacks on employment and workplace rights 26-06-2020
The IUF-affiliated TEAM (Tourism Association of Maldives) has been actively mobilizing to defeat proposed changes to employment law which would weaken the country's few existing worker protections at a time of crisis and set back the fight for basic rights in the country. Maldives has no legal industrial relations framework based on trade union and collective bargaining rights.
World Committee on Tourism Ethics: Safe return to work needs guaranteed safe and healthy workplaces 18-06-2020
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics calls for guaranteed safe and healthy workplaces at special session on COVID-19 and tourism.
International union coalition demands action to combat sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants 19-05-2020
The IUF and our regional European organization EFFAT-IUF have joined with the IUF-affiliated SEIU in the USA and Canada and the Brazilian national trade union center UGT to demand action to address sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the world.
Unite hails victory as Marriott casual hotel workers win job retention under COVID-19 30-04-2020
Despite UK government guidelines released on 26th March stating that casual workers can be furloughed and paid 80% of average annual earnings, two weeks later Marriott announced that they had "yet to determine their position" on whether casual workers could be furloughed citing 'significant cash flow issues' as their justification. UK Marriott workers wrote a letter to express concern and won.
IUF calls on G20 tourism ministers to take immediate measures to protect workers in the COVID-19 crisis 28-04-2020
The IUF has warned G20 tourism ministers that it may take many years to rebuild the tourism sector to pre-COVID-19 levels of activity. The IUF called for the immediate adoption of protocols to protect hotel workers, including the suspension of optional housekeeping programmes.
Norberto Latorre: we need to rethink the world and trade union action 20-04-2020
We are learning to deal with a situation that nobody was prepared for, fighting an invisible enemy that is no more deadly than other viruses but is characterized by the speed and ease with which it spreads. The pandemic forces us to reflect on the present and rethink the future. One thing is clear: we cannot go on as we have done until now. We need to change production, distribution, and consumption models, otherwise we will overcome this pandemic only to fall right back into another one, because we need to understand that the planet is sick.
France: Workers at Marseilles McDonald's take over restaurant for local food distribution 15-04-2020
McDonald's workers in Marseilles Saint-Barthélemy have responded to widespread distress and food shortages in their poor neighborhood by taking over the restaurant and converting it for local food storage and distribution. McDonald's France provides no protective equipment to workers in the dozen outlets it has maintained open in the lockdown, and is pressing for nationwide re-opening.
Maldives: Resort capitalizes on pandemic to victimize union officer 13-04-2020
The government of Maldives has been issuing contradictory regulations in a scramble to keep the resorts operating. Management of the JA Manafaru resort has capitalized on the situation to victimize union officer Ibrahim Ziyaadh, a branch leader of the tourism workers' union TEAM which is fighting to defend the rights, health and safety of tourism workers.
IUF demands G20 action to protect tourism workers 10-04-2020
The IUF has called on the G20 to take immediate action to protect tourism workers being laid-off in their millions as a consequence of COVID-19 lockdowns and the collapse of the industry, which directly and indirectly employs more than one in ten workers worldwide.
IUF Document on "extraordinary events" 20-03-2020
Recently the IUF has been involved in different meetings with the ILO, WHO and UNTWO about the COVID-19 outbreak.
We have been critical of the WHO and UNWTO for only referring in their communications and newsletters to the protection of the sector and tourists, without any mention or special measures for the many workers in the sector.
Please click here to see our demands on governments and employers for the Hotel sector
Guinea: Workers organize and win union recognition at the Sheraton Grand Conakry 13-02-2020
With 96% of votes in favour, workers at the Marriott Sheraton Grand Conakry, Guinea, have voted to form a union and elected their leaders at the country's largest hotel.
France: Workers at Intercontinental Marseille hotel face management backlash for challenging abusive working conditions 11-02-2020
Workers at the Intercontinental Hotel Dieu in Marseille, supported by the FDS-CGT, face a management backlash after organizing to demand an end to poverty wages, unpaid overtime and under-staffing.
Hong Kong hotel workers denounce plans to quarantine mainland visitors and tourists at hotels 09-02-2020
On February 9, 2020, the Hong Kong Hotel Employees' Union (HKHEU) held a press conference to denounce the government's new policy on quarantine for visitors from mainland China and demand greater protection for hotel workers' health and safety.
Spanish affiliates and Government launch Fair Hotels initiative 28-01-2020
On January 23, the IUF Spanish affiliates in the tourism sector, CC.OO Servicios and FeSMC-UGT, signed an agreement with the government of Spain and the University of Malaga officially launching the Hoteles Justos (Fair Hotels) initiative developed by the Spanish unions.
Indefinite strike for direct employment at Ibis Batignolles Hotel in Paris 15-01-2020
Hotel housekeepers at the Ibis Batignolles Hotel, one of the rare hotels directly owned by the Accor group, have been on indefinite strike demanding direct employment and improved conditions since July 17, 2019.
Cambodia: Strike wins reinstatement for suspended union leader at Naga World Hotel Casino 10-01-2020
Suspended union president Sithar Chhim has been reinstated at her job following a strike by union members at the Naga World Hotel Casino in Phnom Penh launched on January 9.
McDonald's Peru: 12-hour shifts and death by electrocution 23-12-2019
Following the death by electrocution of two young workers at a McDonald's outlet in Lima, Peru on December 15, the general manager of the company's franchises in the country has acknowledged that the beverage machine which killed the two was known to be faulty.
Reinstate Husni! IUF affiliates in solidarity with dismissed union leader at Accor's Pullman Jakarta 18-12-2019
IUF affiliates are taking action in solidarity with our affiliate in Indonesia, the independent hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM, to demand the reinstatement of victimized union leader Husni Mubarok.
Marriott workers across Africa demand action to combat sexual harassment through negotiations with IUF 11-12-2019
Marriott workers across Africa have called on the CEO of the world's largest hotel company to engage directly with the IUF to agree on global measures to combat the sexual harassment which plagues the hospitality industry.
Boston (USA): Battery Wharf Hotel workers end 79-day strike with significant gains 05-12-2019
After more than eleven weeks on strike, members of the IUF affiliated UNITE HERE Local 26 in Boston have unanimously voted in favor of a new agreement with the Battery Wharf Hotel.
Marriott's "sustainability" program hurts housekeepers 03-12-2019
In recent years, hotel companies have launched programs that encourage guests to decline housekeeping services in exchange for a voucher or extra points on the loyalty program. Marriott, the world's largest hotelier, aggressively promotes its "Make a Green Choice" program, which has a huge impact on housekeepers' working conditions.
Mass action by airline catering workers at U.S. airports 28-11-2019
Thousands of airline catering workers demonstrated at 17 major airports across the United States on November 26 to demand a living wage and affordable health care; hundreds were arrested in the mass protests.
Strikes, protests and solidarity mark fast food workers' global action week 26-11-2019
November 11-17 was a week of global action for fast food workers fighting for union rights and recognition, better pay and a safe workplace. In cities around the world unions and fast food workers held strikes, public protests and rallies and took action on the job to highlight their demands.
Union tools to combat violence and harassment in the world of work 21-11-2019
The adoption of an International Convention (C190) and its Recommendation (R206) on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work represents a victory for workers worldwide, regardless of their sector of employment or status. The IUF has created a logo as well as a leaflet explaining C190 and R206 in layman's terms.
Hotel Housekeepers around the world rising up for their rights 18-11-2019
Hotel housekeepers around the world showed their determination to claim their rights in the course of the IUF 6th Global Week of Action held from October 21 to 27.
Naga World Hotel Casino workers demand measures to protect them from violence and abuse 07-11-2019
For years, the union has called for action by management to curb violence and sexual harassment. Management has responded that customers may respond aggressively when they lose at gambling and nothing can be done; workers must apologize to guests who assault and abuse them, and get on with the job.
Reinstate Husni! Mobilization continues for union rights at Accor's Pullman Jakarta 11-10-2019
Mass union protests continue outside Accor's 'chic, stylish and modern' 5-star Pullman Jakarta in Indonesia's capital city, where members of the IUF-affiliated independent national hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM rallied on October 9 to demand the reinstatement of their federation president, Husni Mubarok.
Cambodia: Hotel Casino Union President suspended in attack on collective bargaining rights 23-09-2019
Management of the 5-star Naga World Hotel Casino in Pnom Penh has suspended the union president as it escalates its attack on the union and its right to bargain wages.
Marriott housekeepers in Zürich strike for direct permanent employment 23-09-2019
Hotel housekeepers at Marriott's Sheraton Zurich Hotel went on strike on August 30 to highlight their intolerable working conditions and to demand direct permanent employment. When workers learned that the hotel had terminated their contract with the cleaning contractor and it would expire in two months' time, they decided on strike action.
UN Human Rights Council names AccorHotels Myanmar business partner in report on military business interests and crimes against humanity 22-09-2019
A new report to the current session of the UN Human Rights Council identifies dozens of companies with direct and indirect ties to the military (Tatmadaw) that enable this powerful institution to operate with impunity while committing crimes against humanity. Among the companies listed is the conglomerate Max Myanmar Group, a business partner of AccorHotels.
IUF and AccorInvest agreement on fighting sexual harassment 16-09-2019
The IUF and the French-based transnational hotel chain AccorInvest have signed an agreement on measures to fight sexual harassment at work. It covers all persons employed by the Group or operating on behalf of AccorInvest.
SkyCity Casino workers strike for weekend pay rates 04-09-2019
SkyCity Casino workers in New Zealand went on strike on Saturday August 31. The workers' claim is for penalty rates for working nights and weekends when SkyCity makes most of its profits.
UNITE HERE sends a message to American Airlines: One Job Should be Enough 23-08-2019
Airline catering workers in the US took their campaign for a living wage and affordable healthcare to Dallas-Ft Worth on August 13 when more than 600 UNITE HERE members protested outside the headquarters of American Airlines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Myanmar: Police arrest protest marchers after destroying Hotel Tharabar Gate workers’ solidarity camp 12-12-2018
Police 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.
San Francisco Marriott workers return to work with important gains, ending nationwide US hotel strikes 06-12-2018
Striking 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.
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.
Industrial actions bring gains for TGI FRIDAYS workers in the UK 16-11-2018
A 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.
Hotel housekeepers around the world highlight their fight for rights in IUF Global Week of Action 06-11-2018
Hotel 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.
Myanmar: Hotel & Tourism Workers strike over rights violations at the Hotel Tharabar Gate, Bagan 18-10-2018
Protests 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.
Union protests escalate at Accor's luxury Pullman Jakarta Hotel 18-10-2018
On 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.
Marriott strikes spread as thousands more workers say 'One job should be enough!' 10-10-2018
UNITE 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.
Fast food workers around the world rise up for their rights 09-10-2018
Fast 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.
'One job should be enough!': Marriott workers on strike in cities across the US 04-10-2018
More 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.
Strikers return to work at upscale Spanish hotel with agreement to reduce workloads & precarious jobs 24-09-2018
Housekeepers 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.
Hotel chains respond to campaign against sexual harassment 18-09-2018
In 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.
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.
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.
Burger King attacks the right to organize in Spain 05-09-2018
In 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.
UK: Workers at TGI Fridays in holiday walk out 28-08-2018
Workers 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.
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.
Workers strike at Spanish luxury hotel over outsourcing and precarious jobs 17-08-2018
The 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.
No rights for workers at Marriott's Bali paradise 13-08-2018
Global 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
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.
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.
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.
Thailand: KFC Yum! Brands defies ruling ordering company to reinstate fast food union president 12-07-2018
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.
Argentina: Good Practices Manual for the HRCT sector 06-07-2018
After 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.
Marriott workers around the world demand global measures to combat sexual harassment 28-06-2018
On 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.
Spanish hospitality workers on 3-day march to Malaga to demand a collective agreement 04-06-2018
Over 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.
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.
Marriott workers from around the world demand action to combat sexual harassment 30-05-2018
Union 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.
UK TGI Friday's workers strike for fair pay 23-05-2018
Workers 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.
Germany: Standing ovation for dismissed Deliveroo shop stewards as DGB Congress pledges solidarity and support for rights in the platform economy 18-05-2018
Two 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.
"Room quotas kill!",says GHC team in the Philippines on International Workers' Memorial Day 2018 02-05-2018
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.
Hotel workers in Hong Kong take action on International Workers' Memorial Day 02-05-2018
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.
Germany: union support for food delivery workers fighting for rights in the 'platform economy' 09-04-2018
The 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.
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.
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.
Now it's official: six-year union drive wins workplace health standard for hotel housekeepers 15-03-2018
On 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.