This is the first book to explore workforce slavery and liberation together within commercial hotel, restaurant and bar activities, the hospitality industry being particularly vulnerable to potential illegal action and reputational damage via involuntary involvement in human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Slavery is the most oppressive form of labour exploitation and is illegal in Western Europe and most of the industrialised world. On the other hand, ‘neo-slavery’ oppresses the powerless through low pay and employment practices that predominantly serve the interests of the employer. This book explores the most exploitative forms of slavery, 'neo-slavery' and human trafficking in the hotel industry, and offers insights into empowerment through liberative trade unions and worker co-operatives. The study’s multifaceted cross-cultural approach includes in-depth chapters on Brazil and the Netherlands as well as a multitude of examples from the UK, exposing the topic as an international problem.
Written by international specialists, this significant book will appeal widely to upper-level students and researchers in hospitality, and specifically, to all those interested in human resource management in the hospitality and hotel industry, as well as human rights issues and business ethics.
Table of Contents
How would I feel? Slavery, neo-slavery, ethics and oppression
Slavery ancient and modern: global and national insights
Slavery in Brazil: revelations from a destination
Roseane Barcellos Marques and Conrad Lashley
When is a guest not a guest? Human trafficking in hotels in the Netherlands
Erwin van der Graff and Conrad Lashley
Human trafficking and modern slavery in Europe’s hotels
Neoliberalism: the empire strikes back
Neo-Slavery: and the weakest will suffer what they must!
Empowerment: engaging workforce enthusiasm?
Trade union membership: the resistance power of the collective
Worker co-operatives: justice and liberation
The way things are, or are they?
Conrad Lashley is Professor Emeritus in Hospitality Studies as well as Editor Emeritus of Hospitality & Society and Senior Editor of Research in Hospitality Management.