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.
Speaking to local media, General Secretary of HEFOI, Subash Jorge explained the reasons why the IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE is campaigning against Hyatt and focused especially on the impact of outsourcing and casualization on workers’ job security, health, and livelihoods.
Hyatt Hurts Goa
HEFOI General Secretary Subash Jorge speaks to the media
The main demands of hotel workers in Goa on May 1st centered on the extensive use of contract labor by hotels, including luxury resorts like the Grand Hyatt. The unions called for an end to the abusive labor contract system.