Union related issues in Algeria
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union IUF regarding the activities of Compass Group operating in Algeria.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date14 Dec 2009
Host country(ies)Algeria
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorAccommodation and food service

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP concluding the specific instance - 1 February 2012 

Read the initial assessment issued by the UK NCP - 28 April 2010

In December 2009, the UK NCP received a request for review from International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF), on behalf of Syndicat National Autonome des Personnels de l’Administration Publique (SNAPAP), alleging that Eurest Algerie Spa (Eurest), a subsidiary of a the UK-registered company Compass Group PLC (Compass), had breached the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines. The IUF alleged that Eurest refused to acknowledge the formation of a union and harassed union members.

The NCP undertook an initial assessment and concluded that the request merited further consideration.

The NCP offered, and both parties accepted, conciliation/mediation, after which an external conciliator-mediator was appointed. Following a series of discussions from 7 December 2010 to 15 January 2012, the IUF and Compass reached a settlement on issues relating to Eurest’s operations in Algeria. The settlement reinforces ongoing guarantees that workers at Eurest Algeria will be able to exercise their rights of freedom of association. The NCP subsequently concluded the specific instance and issued a final statement.