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Post date: 07/02/2015 - 14:15

Collective bargaining negotiations in Panama stalled by SABMiller

National Brewery of Panama, owned by the British-South African transnational SABMiller, rejected to negotiate a new collective agreement with the strategic alliance of two unions in the company. The arrogant and uncompromising attitude of SABMiller has stressed the industrial relations in Central America.

National Brewery of Panama, owned by the British-South African transnational SABMiller, rejected to negotiate a new collective agreement with the strategic alliance of two unions in the company. The arrogant and uncompromising attitude of SABMiller has stressed the industrial relations in Central America.

On June 1, 2015 the Labor Ministry of Panama initiated the negotiations for a new collective agreement between Cervecería Nacional (SABMiller), the Industrial Union of the manufacture and sale of soft drinks, beverages, beer, liquors and allied workers (SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS) and the Union of the Brewing Industry in Panama (STICP).

The two unions which together organize more than 80 percent of SABMiller National Brewery workers decided to strengthen a strategic alliance to negotiate a new agreement.

"Since we started the negotiations, SABMiller has maintained an uncompromising attitude and has tried to impose time and trading rules. In addition, it has categorically rejected the decision of unions to bargain collectively, pretending to sit exclusively with the majority union the new agreement, "said John Alexander, general secretary of SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS and adviser to the union negotiating committee.

After several unsuccessful meetings, during which no progress was made or no clause was signed, the unions decided to raise the tone of the protest.

"We maintain our position to jointly negotiate an agreement that will benefit all workers of National Brewery. From now on, we call on the IUF, its affiliated SABMiller unions to support our struggle by denouncing the closed and intransigent attitude of the transnational brewery.