Hotel workers in Goa protest against Hyatt, denounce outsourcing and casualization

Hyatt Hurts Goa

Hotel workers' unions protest outside Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim

As part of their state-wide May Day actions, hotel workers’ unions in Goa held a protest action and press conference outside the Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim. The unions are members of the IUF-affiliated Hotel Employees Federation of India (HEFOI), which pledged support for the “Hyatt Hurts!” campaign in the US.




Hotel Workers in the Philippines say, “HYATT HURTS!”

Hyatt Hurts - Manila

Picket in front of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

On April 26 the IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN) held led a protest action in front of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila in solidarity with the “Hyatt Hurts!” campaign in the US.

Joined by other trade unions and organizations including the Alliance for Progressive Labor (APL), NUWHRAIN issued a press statement drawing attention to the stories of rights violations and unfair treatment of workers in the US reported on the Hyatt Hurts campaign website. NUWHRAIN, the lead organization in the picket in front of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, reaffirmed its “solidarity with the workers of Hyatt in the United States and elsewhere in the world who have suffered and continued to suffer from many forms of exploitation and abuses perpetrated by the hotel brands under the Hyatt Corporation.”




“Hyatt Hurts!” solidarity action by hotel workers in India

Chennai Hyatt Hurts protest

Chennai Hyatt Hurts protest

On 17 April the Tamil Nadu State Committee of the IUF-affiliated Hotel Employees Federation of India (HEFOI) held the first of a series of protest actions in India against the Hyatt hotel chain in support of the UNITE HERE “Hyatt Hurts” campaign. The protest action in Chennai directed at the 5-star Hyatt Regency Hotel involved 225 union members from several hotels in the city of Chennai, which is a major tourist destination. While a panicked Hyatt management asked state police to cordon off the hotel to “protect” it from demonstrators, and police kept the protest action nearly 3 km away from the property, local media from a dozen TV channels and newspapers reported on the action and the “Hyatt Hurts” message was widely publicized.

Reinstated at last, Pearl Continental Karachi Hotel workers get their first wages in 10 years

PC Hotel Workers Union

Reinstated at last ... first wages in 10 years!

Nearly 10 years after a fight over the rights of casual workers led to union-busting and the dismissal of 19 union officers and members at the five star Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, the unfairly terminated workers have been reinstated and are finally being paid wages.


Brewery workers in Pakistan roll back casualization

NFFBTW National Conference

NFFBTW National Conference "Struggle Against Precarious Employment" in December 2010.

On November 25, 2011, the Muree Brewery Workers’ Union in Islamabad, Pakistan, signed a collective agreement that brought significant increases in wages and new benefits to its members, as well as permanent jobs for 26  casual workers.




Women hotel workers in Cambodia fight illegal mass firings

Workers unfairly terminated for trade union organizing at the five star Angkor Village Hotel and Angkor Village Botanical Resort Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are fighting for their rights, their jobs and their union – and need your support. In July the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers’ Federation (CTSWF) assisted the workers, mostly women, in organizing unions at both hotels after workers complained of unpaid wages, illegal wage deductions, denial of legal entitlements such as annual leave and public holidays, and poor health and safety conditions. The hotel owners responded by terminating 67  of the 90 workers. Read more here.

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Nespressure returns with mass dismissal of union members in Indonesia/provocation and attacks on union leader in Pakistan

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Korean unions denounce trade union rights repression in Fiji, warn military regime of growing protests


KFSU, KCTU, KFCITU, KGEU, KMWU and KPTU protest at the Honorary Consulate of Fiji in Seoul

On 25 November Korean trade unions held a protest action and press conference outside the Honorary Consulate General of Fiji in Seoul. The action was held by representatives from the IUF-affiliated Korean Federation of Private Service Workers’ Unions (KFSU) demonstrated together with representatives from Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU) and its affiliates, including the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions (KFCITU), the Korean Government Employees Union (KGEU), the Korean Metal Workers Union (KMWU), the Korean Public & Social Services and the Transportation Workers’ Union (KPTU).

Hong Kong Unions Condemn Military Repression of Trade Union Rights in Fiji

HKCTU protest Fiji repression

HKCTU and CHIEGU protest at the Fiji Honorary Consulate in Hong Kong

On November 24 the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and its affiliate  the Catering and Hotels Industries Employees General Union (CHIEGU), also affiliated to the IUF, held a protest action in front of the Honorary Consulate of Fiji in Hong Kong.

The unions condemned the military regime of Commodore Bainimarama for its repression of trade union and human rights.

Described on November 10 as “one of Fiji’s most important emerging visitor source markets” by Fiji’s Ministry of Tourism, tourist arrivals from Hong Kong and mainland China rose rapidly after direct flights from Hong Kong to Fiji were launched by Air Pacific in 2010.


IUF Asia-Pacific unions give priority to the challenge of precarious employment

12th IUF Asia-Pacific Regional Conference delegates vote

12th IUF Asia-Pacific Regional Conference delegates re-elect Charlie Donnelly as Regional President and Ma Wei Pin as Regional Secretary.

Delegates   at the IUF Asia/Pacific Regional Conference resolved to increase support to campaigns in all IUF sectors, similar to past successes that led to permanent jobs, increased union membership and improved  working conditions. Continued…