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Date updated : 24-May-2017

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Philippines: strike action looms as rights abuses continue at luxury Manila Peninsula Hotel

The IUF-affiliated Peninsula Employees Union has filed for industrial action at the upscale hotel in response to management's aggressive attacks on working conditions and basic workplace rights. Management's refusal to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in good faith has provoked the threat of a major industrial dispute, compounding tensions arising from ongoing harassment and disciplinary action against union leaders.

Management refuses to reinstate union leader Jenny Marcos, terminated last year following union participation in the IUF's Global Housekeepers Campaign. Two other union leaders were temporarily suspended as part of the management retaliation campaign. The hotel has not complied with a government order to convert hundreds of casual workers to permanent status. To undercut collective bargaining agreement negotiations, the hotel fronted a yellow union to challenge the union's legal status. Soundly defeated in an unnecessary union representation election, management has sought to introduce changes to the collective bargaining agreement which would introduce even harsher disciplinary penalties while further slashing working conditions.

Tell management of the Manila Peninsula to reinstate Jenny Marcos, stop harassing union activists and officers and negotiate in good faith with the Peninsula Employees Union. USE THE FORM BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE.

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To Mark Choon, General Manager of the Peninsula Manila Hotel
Cc: Yves Thoma, Resident Manager of the Peninsula Manila Hotel
Dario De Los Reyes, Human Resources Director of the Peninsula Manila Hotel

Dear Sirs

I have learned from the IUF that rights abuses continue at the Peninsula Hotel Manila and that the Peninsula Employees Union has given notice of possible industrial action in response to a negotiations deadlock. Workers and their unions have the right to fully participate in actions like the IUF’s 2016 Hotel Housekeepers Global Week of Action. Worker frustration following attempts to undermine their unions and the management's failure to reinstate union leader Jenny Marcos has understandably risen following management's intransigent negotiating stance and insistence on imposing even harsher disciplinary procedures on workers seeking to exercise their rights. I call on your company to immediately reinstate Jenny Marcos with full back pay and to enter into good faith negotiations with the Peninsula Employees Union to resolve the full range of outstanding issues at the establishment. Failure to do so will inevitably reflect on the worldwide reputation of the Peninsula Hotel group.

Yours sincerely,

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