10/12/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2020 07:50
Only a few months after winning the union election, hotel union General Secretary Amadou Diallo and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo were terminated on October 7.
The hotel, owned by the Topaz group, was opened in 2016 with a significant investment from the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), an international financial institution that offers investments to encourage private sector development in developing countries at preferential loan rates. The hotel is managed by the largest hotel chain in the world, Marriott, where the IUF has an ongoing global campaign. Despite the IFC's Performance Standards, a set of rules intended to protect workers, and despite multiple attempts by the IUF to prevent the dismissal of the union leaders, the IFC has chosen to allow violations of its own Performance Standards as well as ILO Conventions 87, 98 and 135.
'The IUF will not tolerate such brazen violations of trade union rights, and so the IUF and its affiliates hereby launch our campaign for the reinstatement of General Secretary Amadou Diallo and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo,' says IUF General Secretary Sue Longley.
'We must fight hard together. The importance of this struggle is to stop union-busting, because it kills workers hope and undermines democracy,' adds General Secretary Amadou Diallo.