At the end
of the “Spanish Hotel Chains in Latin America and Union Rights” Conference,
recently held in Buenos Aires, Norberto Latorre, Secretary of Finances of
the Union of Tourism, Hotel and Food Service Workers of Argentina (UTHGRA),
and President of the Global HRCT Group of the IUF, assessed the results of
the event for Sirel..
together to examine the situation of the Spanish chains in Latin America,
although, as expected, we quickly came to the conclusion that the situation here
is almost identical to that of the other chains in the sector.
In this age of
globalization it is always hard to find where the source of a transnational
corporation is in order to identify interlocutors at the international level.
Now we’ve learnt that the leading Spanish hotel chains have formed an
association, which we will try to dialogue with, to work towards a framework
agreement that will bring working and wage conditions for all up to the levels
enjoyed by the employees who are in the best conditions,” Latorre
various demands, some of which are truly dramatic because of the way in which
several hotels exploit their workers –he continued–, and therefore we have to
get companies to use a similar scale for all their employees, regardless of
where they work, be it Chile, Spain, or Indonesia, even
though we are aware that there are slight differences from one reality to
Now the event
is over and we have assigned several tasks, both for the IUF’s Regional
Secretariat and for me, in my capacity as President of the Global HRCT
Group. We will take all this to the next meeting of the IUF Steering
Group that acts in the leading hotel chains, and it will surely enrich the
project we have on an international level.”
“I would like
to thank the CCOO for their collaboration, through Fernando Medina,
and Sweden’s LO-TCO, who have made this conference possible. I
also want to congratulate Enildo [Iglesias] on his excellent report, and
thank all the participants who responded to our call, as these events allow us
to move forward fast to attain our common goals,” he concluded.