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Arbetsvillkoren i hotell- och restaurangbranschen - De accepterade orättvisorna
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Hotel and restaurant industry have always been seen as an industry with low status and poorworking conditions. Low wages, temporary contracts, illegal work, and sexual harassment are the rule rather than the exception when the employee’s working conditions discusses. By using the right dogmatic approach together with a social science perspective the purpose of the study has been answered. The purpose has been to contribute to a greater understanding of how it is that the hotel and restaurant industry’s poor working conditions can be maintained, the extent to which the working conditions of the employees is ensured and why mostly young people, women and people with foreign backgrounds are employed in the industry. Among people with a foreign background also includes third country nationals who come to Sweden to work.

Because the hotel and restaurant industry serves as a steppingstone into the labour market it employs both young people with Swedish background as young people with foreign background. The industry has employed women for a long time and expectations of how staff within the profession should look like has led to it is common that women are employed in the industry. Because of rouge entrepreneurs who, for their own personal gain, indulged in financial crime, illegal work, fiddling with staff ledge and high incidence of temporary contracts, the poor working conditions in the industry successfully have been maintained. The injustices of the industry have over time become a kind of norm and because of this, the labour exploitation continues. The low degree of organization restricts HRFs opportunities to control the collective agreements and it tends to be the authorities who have the greatest responsibility to ensure that employees work on reasonable terms. The problems also become even greater when third-country nationals’ rights and working conditions should be checked. This is because Sweden has not ratified several important conventions about third country nationals labour conditions while statutory regulation opened up for employers to employ third country nationals. Ensuring working conditions are also affected by the individual employees’ tendency to report injustice, an example is sexual harassment from outsiders persons. In summary, conclusion is drawn that ensuring the working conditions in hotel and restaurant industry is problematized by employees’ unwillingness or fear to take action andauthorities, often inadequate, control possibilities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Working conditions, labour exploitation, hotel and restaurant industry
Keyword [sv]
Arbetsvillkor, arbetskraftsexploatering, hotell- och restaurangbranschen
National Category
Work Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33526OAI: diva2:709471
Subject / course
Legal Science
Educational program
Human Resource Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-04-08 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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