EFFAT SNAPSHOT #03-02 | 2019

NATIONAL NEWS 

Spain
CCOO presents the Fair Hotels initiative at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin
CCOO Servicios has moved to Berlin, where the leading trade fair of the tourism sector was held, to publicise the project “Fair Hotels, responsible for work”. The objective of this initiative is to promote sustainable development and “decent and quality” work in the hotel industry based on cooperation between the social partners, the public and private sectors. Read moreIceland
Hotel workers demand decent living wages
Around 1.000 Icelandic hotel housekeepers staged a strike on occasion of International Women‘s Day to demand living wages and better working conditions in the industry.
The housekeeping industrial action on the 8th of March applieed to cleaning, housekeeping and laundry services for rooms and other sleeping accommodation and connected areas and services, for example in corridors, toilets and shared spaces, in all hotels and guesthouses in the area which Efling has jurisdiction over, which includes the areas of Reykjavík, and neighboring towns. Read more

Ireland
SIPTU describes “no deal” Brexit tariff proposals as unacceptableThe threat by the British government of punitive tariffs on Irish products entering the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit, has been described as unacceptable by SIPTU deputy general secretary for the private sector, Gerry McCormack. Tens of thousands of members of SIPTU are involved in the agri-food, dairy meat, pharma and other manufacturing and service industries.
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EUROPE

Trade Unions support global strike for climate
Seven European trade unions are supporting the global day of protest being staged by young people against climate change on Friday: ETUC, EFJ, EFBWW, EPSU, EFFAT, ETF and IndustriAll (representing workers in energy intensive industries). Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish school student who started the ‘Friday’s for Future’ movement, has called for her peers around the world to join her to demonstrate outside national parliaments or local government buildings. Some 727 protests are scheduled across Europe, including another major demonstration in Brussels which will begin outside International Trade Union House. Read more

Notorious tax havens to be let off the hook in EU’s blacklist review
New analysis by Oxfam reveals that the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Panama are likely to be de-listed entirely by the EU. Some of them were at the centre of recent tax scandals highlighted by the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers. Read more

WORLD

EFFAT and IUF demand release of hotel workers in Myanmar
On 14 March EFFAT demanded immediate release for those 6 Hotel Tharabas Gate workers that have been unfairly convicted! EFFAT took some photos and delivered a letter to the Myanmar Embassy to make its demand official. EFFAT also reiterated IUF’s call to sign the IUF petiton online. Read more