The historic first conference of hotel workers in Myanmar was held in Mandalay on May 20-21, bringing together 55 delegates from hotels in three major tourist destinations: Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay. The conference promoted sustainable jobs, safe work and respect for worker and trade union rights as integral to “Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism” in Myanmar.
As part of the conference the IUF-affiliated Phuket Federation of Hotel and Service Labour (FHSL) from Thailand and the National Union of Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Workers (NUHBRW) from Malaysia provided training on the structure, role and functions of national hotel unions and federations, collective bargaining agreements, service charge and wages.
The main demand arising from the meeting was union recognition by both international and domestic employers in the hotel industry and respect of collective bargaining rights.
Conference delegates, which included hotel housekeepers, also committed to joining the IUF Global Housekeeping Campaign.