World Tourism Day Protest

An open letter to the Chief Executive Officers of Intercontinental Hotels and Radisson Edwardian Hotels accompanied our noisy protests at the May Fair Hotel and the Holiday Inn Mayfair. Our letter calls on both companies to honour their international commitment to promote freedom of assocaiation and collective bargaining by entering into a City Wide Agreement with Unite for mimumim standards on worker's rights in the hotels they operate in London. Watch this space for news of their response.

Worldwide Campaign for Dignity and Safe Work in Housekeeping

The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) is launching a global campaign for dignity and decency for workers employed in hotel housekeeping departments. The IUF which has 390 affiliated unions in 122 countries (including Unite the Union) is calling on the International Labour Organisation and the UN World Tourism Organisation to respond to the degredation of housekeeping staff with policies that can bring about a change to the industy and give staff the rights they need for their unions to negotiate effectively with their staff.

Unite calls for decent rise in National Minimum Wage

Unite has prepared its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission. We are calling for an increase in the National Minimum Wage to take into account the rise in the cost of living for low paid workers. We are also calling for the abolition of piece-rate for workers in hotel housekeeping departments to prevent employers paying by the room instead of the hour and for a clamp down on bogus self employment by rogue agencies. 

Details coming soon.

World Tourism Day - 27 September - demonstration

The Hotel Workers Branch has called a demonstration to coincide with United Nations World Tourism Day on September 27, 2013. We're asking members to meet at Green Park Tube Station from 16:00 (4 PM) onwards.  We will be demonstrating outside two hotels who are signatories to the UN Global Compact and highlighting the fact that they do not honour the principles.

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Next branch meeting - Monday 7 October 2013

The next branch meeting will take place at the Union office in Holborn on Monday, 7 October 2013, at 17:00 (5 PM). 

The union office is located at 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn WC1X 8TN.

On the agenda:

  • Feedback from the branch World Tourism Day demonstration on Friday, 27 September

  • Reports from various workplaces

  • Plan of action for Living Wage Week in November

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