In recent weeks, organized workers and their unions in the Phillippines, India, and Israel have condemned the Hyatt Corporation for their patterns of abuse and expressed support for organizing Hyatt workers in North America.
In April and May, hundreds of workers in India staged demonstrations in Goa and Chennai in support of the global Hyatt boycott. As reported on a blog hosted by the International Union of Foodworkers,
Speaking to local media [in Goa], General Secretary of [the Hotel Employees Federation of India] HEFOI, Subash Jorge explained the reasons why the IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE is campaigning against Hyatt and focused especially on the impact of outsourcing and casualization on workers’ job security, health and livelihoods.
The action in Chennai was covered by a dozen local TV and newspaper outlets.
In the Philippines, several other groups held a solidarity action in support of Hyatt workers on April 26th. The IUF affiliated NUWHRAIN, the hotel workers union in the Philippines, joined with the Alliance for Progressive Labor (APL) and Sentro ng mga Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro) to send a strong message outside the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. In a press statement by NUWHRAIN, workers expressed their “solidarity with the workers of Hyatt in the United States and elsewhere in the world who have suffered and continued to suffer from many forms of exploitation and abuses perpetrated by the hotel brands under the Hyatt Corporation.”
According to the IUF blog and APL press statements, participants paid tribute to the workers and families who were hurt when the corporation closed down the Hyatt Regency Manila following a successful worker organizing drive in 2007.
At the end of April, Freddi Cohen, Chairman of one of the member unions of Israel’s Histadrut labor federation, wrote a glowing letter of support for the struggle of North American Hyatt workers. He condemned Hyatt’s known abuses of subcontracted labor, and explained that the subcontracting of labor in hotels and many other sectors is now illegal in Israel following a powerful nation-wide general strike in February.