Meliá Hotels International yesterday signed a global agreement with the International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hotel Workers, IUF-UITA, to promote social dialogue, ensure compliance with the fundamental rights of workers, and strengthen its commitment to the more than 38,000 employees who form part of the company.
The framework agreement was signed by Gabriel Escarrer, the Vice Chairman and CEO of the hotel company, and the IUF Secretary General, Ron Oswald. The union has recognized Meliá Hotels International’s efforts to be a socially responsible company, which as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact is also committed to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on fundamental rights in the workplace.
The agreement aims to formalise the Meliá Hotels International commitments to promoting social progress through dialogue, ensuring equal treatment and the elimination of sexual discrimination, the protection of health and safety at work, and the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
In addition, IUF also becomes a major partner for the hotel company in regard to human rights and labour issues, both committed to work together to improve the conditions and rights of workers in all of the countries in which Meliá operates. In the words of Gabriel Escarrer, "our company operates in nearly 40 countries, and managing diversity is a major challenge, particularly with regard to our people. That’s why the agreement signed today with the IUF is an important step forward in our relationship with what is undoubtedly the most important stakeholder for Meliá: our more than 38,000 employees internationally."
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