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The 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.

Gerry McCormack said: “Our members are deeply concerned that the UK has today announced its intention to introduce tariffs on imports from the EU, including from the Republic of Ireland, in a “no-deal” Brexit scenario.  SIPTU represents tens of thousands of workers in the agri-food sector - across meat, dairy and cereal production and processing - whose jobs would be immediately at risk.  SIPTU supports the call by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for urgent action by the Government, in conjunction with the EU institutions, to protect vulnerable workers from job losses.

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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 more

Iceland
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

 

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For an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace

International Women’s Day, celebrated by IUF affiliates, is again this year dedicated to combating violence against women in the workplace. It is also focused on the need to obtain, at the next International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2019, an international convention, supplemented by a recommendation, which will give governments a legally-binding framework to enable them to act against and end this form of violence. The first discussion on the issue, which took place at the 2018 ILC, lead to a draft text that was satisfactory for IUF, despite the strong opposition voiced by the employers’ group. However, we must remain committed to maintaining what we have gained from this first discussion, because everything could be called into question in the next few months. The much-needed and long-awaited international tools are thus now within our grasp.

They will be the fruit of decades of union struggle to have gender-based violence in the workplace recognised as a social problem that is everyone’s business. These tools will support and strengthen the efforts of IUF and its affiliates, which have for years been negotiating commitments to prevent sexual violence with major transnational companies – whether in the agricultural sector, catering, food processing or recently in the hotel sector – but also the constant work carried out in the field by affiliates in all continents.

Gender-based violence in the workplace is the first obstacle to equality, yet remains one of the most tolerated. Regardless of our sex, gender identity and sexual orientation, origin, status, age or specific characteristics, we all have the right to work in an environment free of violence and harassment. Let’s support an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace!

International Women's Day traces its origins to March 8, 1857 when textile workers on New York's Lower East Side demonstrated for their rights. On an international level it was launched in 1910 at the 2nd International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen and first celebrated in 1911 by millions of workers in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

International women's Day is a product of the socialist labour movement, and it remains as true as ever that union membership is the best defense against discrimination. The most important fight is for the right for all workers to join and be represented by a trade union.

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Article published on the IUF website HERE, 07.03.2019

  
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The IUF and Spanish-based Meliá Hotels International have signed an agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, the first such agreement between the IUF and an international hotel chain.

The agreement was signed on January 17 by IUF General Secretary Sue Longley and Meliá CEO Gabriel Escarrer in Palma de Mallorca, Spain as part of the process initiated with the 2013 IUF/Meliá agreement on workplace rights.

The agreement incorporates the ILO definition of what constitutes sexual harassment, affirms a policy of 'zero tolerance' and commits both parties to develop appropriate local implementation procedures based on a shared recognition of the need "to protect the dignity of everyone who works for Meliá, as well as their rights relating to their physical and moral integrity and non-discrimination." Progress in implementation will be jointly evaluated on a regular basis.

IUF General Secretary Sue Longley welcomed Meliá's lead in addressing the widespread presence of sexual harassment in hotels through a formal commitment to joint prevention with the IUF. "Our members have reported that as many as 85% of employees in the hospitality industry have experienced sexual harassment on the job" said Longley. "Melia has shown the way forward in an industry increasingly dominated by global brands. We look forward to developing the implementation process through negotiation at global and local level."

Meliá is the largest hotel chain in Spain with worldwide operations in 41 countries under the Gran Meliá, ME by Meliá, Paradisus, Meliá Hotels and Resorts, Innside by Meliá, TRYP by Wyndham and Sol Hotels brands.

The full story is HERE on the website of the IUF.
 

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