We are not on the menu

Hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism workers in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are fed up with sexual harassment. They are organizing a campaign against sexual harassment in the industry to raise awareness about this serious issue and create a culture of zero tolerance in the industry.

This year we will put focus on gatherings around the Christmas period. Traditionally excessive amount of alcohol is consumed and service personal are faced with unwanted sexual advances, groping, inappropriate comments and other sexual harassment from guests in relation with gatherings. Workers are speaking out and expressing that they are not on the menu.

Sexual harassment is part of everyday life for many people in the hotel and catering industry. It is terrible and nobody should be subjected to it. Sexual harassment, abuse and assault will NEVER be acceptable. However, it unfortunately occurs, as powerfully evidenced by the #metoo campaign. 

The tourism sector embraces many different organizations and workplaces, including hotels, motels, campsites, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafeterias, canteens and other catering establishments, as well as travel agencies, information offices, conference centers and exhibition halls. Sexual harassment, including unwanted attention or intimidation of a sexual nature, appears to be experienced widely in the industry. In surveys conducted by our member unions illustrate that around between 35% of all workers in the hotel and restaurant sector have experienced sexual harassment, and the number is closer to 60% for women working in frontline service such as waiters, baristas and bartenders. 

Sexual harassment affects people regardless of age, relationship, ability, physical appearance, background or professional status. Sexual harassment does not affect women alone: men can also be victims. However, women are more vulnerable due to their position in the labour market and see harassment as a greater threat than men.
The victims often have characteristics that make them vulnerable in the labour market and therefore unlikely to report sexual harassment out of fear of losing their job.

Hotel and restaurant workers in the Nordic countries are speaking out: We’re #notonthemenu


Nordisk Union
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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.