Nordic Forum 2020

The Nordic Union for Hotels, Restaurants, Catering and Tourism (NU-HRCT) concluded its congress in Iceland on Sunday by adopting new policy for the organization and an ambitious work program for the next five-year period.

Green laundering and the fight against many hotels' new way of saving labor in housekeeping were central to the debates. There was broad agreement that NU-HRCT should intensify its work on this practice and cooperate at both European and Global levels to reveal the hollowness of the hotels' arguments.

The Nordic region is an important tourism destination. NU-HRCT wholeheartedly supports the efforts to make the Nordic region a greener and more competitive region. But it must happen with the trade union movement on board and at the table. We want the Nordic model to be the framework for the Nordic governments program for Nordic tourism. This is emphasized in the statement from the Nordic Forum.

Sustainability is also social sustainability. The changes that must come if we together shall achieve the goals of the Paris Declaration and achieve what is needed to keep the 1.5 degree goal must be fair. It is not the poorest in the world or low-paid workers who shall bear the greatest burdens. There must be a burden-sharing that makes the adjustments fair.

Read what the Nordic Union has adopted as a new policy here:

Statement 1 - Tourism in the Nordic region: environment and sustainability at the fore
Statement 2 - Nordic tourism and hospitality sector: challenges and opportunities


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The Nordic Union for Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Tourism sector, is an association of unions in Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, all of which unionise workers of the HRCT industry. The member unions have all made collective agreements with employers organizations and companies in the NU HRCT.

All in all NU HRCT covers seven unions with a total of about 115,000 members.