The Unión Nacional de Trabajadores Hoteleros y Gastronómicos (UNATRAHOREST) and the Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Hoteleros (FENATRAHOREST) have signed a collective agreement with HRCT employers for a significant sector-wide wage increase. The agreement was reached after a long tripartite negotiation process within the National Wages Committee of the Ministry of Labour as a result of the unions’ determination in the face of strong resistance from employers.
- The wages will increase by 23% on average for workers in the hotel and tourism sector, the highest percentage increase for workers in the sector in 17 years
- The wage increase will be retroactive to August 1 and is almost double the accumulated inflation rate since the last increase in the sector
- According to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, as of June 2021, the sector had 304,524 workers so the increase will cover a significant percentage of the country’s approximately 4.8 million workers
IUF Regional Secretary for Latin America stated, “As global inequality continues to skyrocket, unions in the Dominican Republic are showing how to close that gap through powerful organizing and sectoral bargaining campaigns. This is a huge win for the workers and a model for Latin America and the world.”