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Post date: 07/02/2015 - 14:17

SABMiller unions in Panama go on strike

The members of two unions that negotiate the new collective agreement with SABMiller National Brewery unanimously approved a decision to go on strike at an extraordinary general meeting.
Members of the Brewing Industry Union of Panama (STICP) and the Manufacture and Sale of Soft Drinks, Beverages, Beer, Spirits Industrial Union (SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS) joined the meeting held on Sunday June 28, 2015.

The members of two unions that negotiate the new collective agreement with SABMiller National Brewery unanimously approved a decision to go on strike at an extraordinary general meeting.
Members of the Brewing Industry Union of Panama (STICP) and the Manufacture and Sale of Soft Drinks, Beverages, Beer, Spirits Industrial Union (SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS) joined the meeting held on Sunday June 28, 2015.

The indefinite strike will be effective from 6 am, July 10. The workers also decided to march in front of the local company.

In a joint statement both unions expressed that the Extraordinary General Assembly "has created specific conditions for building unity between the two unions". "This is not about competing among workers or unions, but to favor the interests of the working class, who are above the personal interests of organizations.

SABMiller has violated both national labor legislation and international conventions ratified by Panama. The company was trying to manipulate the workers mainly by the old tactic of 'divide and rule' and was seeking to negotiate only with one of the unions.