|Three union leaders at the 5-star Peninsula Manila hotel, owned by the luxury Peninsula Hotels group, are facing harsh retaliation by hotel management for their involvement in the IUF’s Global Housekeepers Campaign and for effectively representing their members at the hotel.
To undermine the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN and to reverse significant gains for workers they have won at the hotel, Peninsula Manila managers used workers’ participation in the 2016 Global Housekeepers Week of Action as a pretext to suspend on January 3, for 15 days each Cesar Pagaling (Manila Peninsula Supervisors Chapter President) and Francisco Aliansas (Peninsula Employees Union Board of Director’s member) and to fire Jenny Marcos (Peninsula Employees Union Board of Director’s member). The Peninsula Employees Union and Manila Pen Supervisors Chapter are both members of NUWHRAIN.
The unions have negotiated improvements in the CBA and the introduction of trolley bags for housekeepers’ equipment when the hotel management tried to impose a “no cart” policy. In addition, they have won a government administrative order for the inspection of hotels for non-compliance with national labour and health and safety regulations. The December 20th inspection by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) resulted in an order to regularize 405 casual employees including 55 housekeepers. In another attempt to undermine the union, management has set up a yellow union to challenge NUWHRAIN in the upcoming certification election.
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