About RBHU

Raise the Bar Hospo Union (RBHU) was founded in response to the epidemic levels of exploitation, wage theft, unsafe working conditions, sexual and racial harassment, bullying, and other unfair & unlawful treatment in the industry.

For decades a bulk of hospo employers have behaved unlawfully and ignored employment laws. This has created dangerous working environments where hospo workers are routinely exploited and treated as disposable. What’s worse is that the vast majority of hospo employers get away with this behaviour.

Time’s up for shitty hospo bosses

Our Mission

Our mission at RBHU is to ensure that hospo workers can access free employment and legal support from hospo advocates and employment law experts. Hospo workers have a basic human right to equality before the law. Which is why nearly all of our support services are free and easily accessible.

When you engage in our support services you’ll also learn about your employment rights and how to build collective power in the hospo industry. We can you teach how to practically apply sections of the Employment Relations Act 2000. How to raise and file a Personal Grievance and other legal letters such as a Wage Arrears Claim. And we can support you to bargain for better pay and working conditions. 

One of our core focuses at RBHU is education: we want as many hospo workers in Aotearoa to understand their legal rights and how to self advocate and advocate for other hospo workers. 

Do you think we are missing something? Let us know about any support services you’d like to see at RBHU. Maybe you’d like us to help you get a Collective Agreement in your workplace? This is your union! Let us know how you’d like us to shape it: