The Compass group has announced the appointment of Ian Sarson as Group Managing Director for Compass Group UK.
The IUF has maintained its formal complaint against the global catering giant Compass with no end in sight to Compass’s continued pressure on a key fired union representative in Hassi Messaoud, Algeria.
By BOB ORAM
Unison National Executive Council Member
In Hassi Messaoud, Algeria, 850 kilometers southeast of Algiers, Eurest Support Services, a subsidiary of Compass Group, subcontracts catering and hospitality services to a score of multinationals like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Repsol, BP, Ciepsa, Burlington. Hundreds of ESS employees live in tents; under desert temperatures, and suffer difficult hygiene and living conditions.
A delegation of Sodexo workers and union leaders from the CFDT and CGT in France and UNISON in the United Kingdom are visiting the United States for three days of activity in support of SEIU and Sodexo workers.
Joined by a broad coalition of community and student supporters, Sodexo workers in New Orleans testified today before the City Council to protest the company’s behavior at sites where Sodexo workers are fighting for the right to come together to raise standards in a city hungry for good jobs.
A dip in Sodexo share prices over the last few days seemed to that investors were nervous as news emerged that a U.S. lawmaker has requested a probe of Sodexo’s performance on a massive U.S. Marines food service contract. The company’s stock price has dropped since a €45.01 close on April 7th.
At the Sodexo Annual Shareholders meeting earlier this year, the CEO of Sodexo stated that the company would be willing to negotiate a global agreement with the IUF. An agreement will ensure that workers have the freedom to unionise and bargain collectively to raise standards and working conditions for Sodexo workers all over the world
We want to tell Sodexo that we welcome their committment to negotiations and look forward to a global agreement with the IUF. To sign up and show your support, click this link.