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Decent Work in the Tourism Sector

A tripartite workshop on “Negotiation techniques and processes for collective bargaining in the hotel sector in Cape Verde” was held by the Centre and the ILO on 22 and 23 January in Sal, Cape Verde.

Tourism is the most active sector of the Cape Verdean economy and it accounts for a sizable share of the country’s GDP.  The holiday industry is concentrated on the islands of Sal and Boavista. In recent years, the hotel sector has experienced marked growth, with Cape Verdean hotels among the most busy in Africa, attracting large private and public investments. The hotel sector is thus strategic for the sustained development of the country. Social dialogue is the best solution for it to remain a strong sector, according to the government.

Unsuccessful efforts have been carried out since 2004 to sign a collective agreement for the hospitality industry. Lack of social dialogue is one of the main factors affecting the working environment, which could lead to an increasing number of labour disputes. The time now seems ripe for social partners to engage in collective bargaining.

The workshop focused on the role of labour administration to create an advantageous environment for social partners. Employers’ and workers’ representatives in the hotel sector, and government representatives from the Directorate of Labour and the Labour Inspectorate, participated in this workshop to enhance their capacity to engage in collective bargaining and to adopt a negotiation style favourable to achieving mutual gains and strengthening their relationship.

Click here to watch the promo on the workshop broadcast on Cape Verdean television.

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