By Shanna Reeder, Hotels organiser
Unite Union members at Heartland Hotel are celebrating after ratifying their first ever Collective Agreement.
Unite Union has been slowly building membership at this hotel since late 2011 when it was under the Management of the Bella Vista Hotel group.
An increase in membership during 2013 coincided nicely with a re-branding and a change in management with the hotel joining the Scenic Circle Hotel Group.
Negotiations were initiated in November 2013, and the members ratified an offer from the company on 13 May.
Needless to say, after many years with no pay rise other than the minimum wage increase the Unite Union members at Heartland Hotel are now thrilled to have their years of service and loyalty recognised, with the Collective Agreement also providing for a further pay increase later in the year.
Autogrill operate in NZ airports as HMSC. They are just the same here. Give these workers your solidarity.
By Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union
Unite Union sent a delegation of four workers and officials to attend an international conference in New York at the beginning of May that has launched an international campaign to organise fast food workers. What we saw in the US has made me more confident than ever that we may be at the beginning of a new upsurge of the labour movement there and globally.
The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) convened conference May 5-6 brought together over 80 workers and union representatives from 26 countries as part of building an international fast food union network.
On May 7, participants joined an action in front of a Manhattan McDonald’s restaurant and then delivered a letter to McDonald’s calling on the fast-food giant to raise wages and respect workers’ rights worldwide. At the same time, they announced US-wide strike action at fast food restaurants on May 15 in support of their demand of USD $15 per hour and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation.
Unite National Director Mike Treen and McDonald’s delegate Taylor Mcloon visit Philadelphia as part of a week of action in the USA in support of fast food workers. The Philadelphia rally was in support of an increase in the minimun wage.
KFC, stop harassing union members!
Only few days after her return from the 1st IUF International Fast Food Workers’ meeting in New York (click here for more) a union representative has been summoned and threatened with legal action from YUM! BRANDS’ managers, which owns famous fast food brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, for simply having attended that meeting.
This is not the first time that union members face brutal repression from the company. In 2011, three workers were terminated after they established a union and sought to bargain a collective agreement with KFC (read more here). The three workers were only reinstated (click here for more) by court order months later.
This harassment spanning three years demonstrates that Yum! Restaurant International (Thailand) does not recognize and respect the human right to freedom of association and collective bargaining and is in breach of its obligations under the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Rampe du Pont-Rouge, 8, CH-1213, Petit-Lancy (Switzerland)
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