Organizing Hospitality Workers for Power in Return and Safe Working Conditions

About the Initiative

GLJ-ILRF, in partnership with UNI Americas, will build worker power in the southern cone countries, including with chilean and peruvian hospitality workers through organizing, campaigning, and bargaining to demand a safe and fair return to work process, as well as safe and healthy working conditions. With a focus on women, young people, and potential migrant workers, this initiative will increase worker power in both the industry and democracy.

Why is now the time to act?     

Major corporations will use the COVID19 pandemic as an excuse to practice union busting  and there is a risk that, without fair representation, hospitality workers will not be considered in COVID-19-related labor policiesThis moment offers an opportunity to build worker power based on the lessons learned from the pandemic.

What is your vision of change for the global economy with this initiative?

Our goal is to make groundbreaking changes that will result in lasting improvement for workers and show that — even in pandemic — building power to promote new forms of sectoral bargaining at the national and regional level is possible. This is key to building transformational worker leadership into labor and democratic spaces during times of change.

How do you plan to leverage RVF support?

The initiative plans to connect and exchange ideas with RVF partners in the region that are working on similar issues and leverage RVF support to gain access to agendasetting spaces where key policy decisions and relationship building takes place.  
In addition, the initiative will work to communicate the urgency of working towards a fairer global economy to other funders and partners. 

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