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Post date: 03/05/2015 - 14:47

Haiti: A union at Heineken BRANA receives support from an international coalition

SYTBRANA, the new Workers Union at the Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti (BRANA, Heineken), communicated that its union activity within the largest brewer in Haiti is under threat, as is job security, due to the outsourcing of contracts. In addition, it highlighted numerous violations of basic health and safety regulations.

SYTBRANA, the new Workers Union at the Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti (BRANA, Heineken), communicated that its union activity within the largest brewer in Haiti is under threat, as is job security, due to the outsourcing of contracts. In addition, it highlighted numerous violations of basic health and safety regulations.

In order to help the union at BRANA, the Confédération des Travailleurs et Travailleuses des Secteurs Public et Privé (CTSP), one of the most important trade unions in Haiti, appealed for support to Teamsters Canada, the Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL) and the Canadian Labour Congress, in order to defeat these unacceptable employer actions.

In response and in international solidarity, Teamsters Canada has brought together an expansive coalition including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the International Union of Food Workers' Associations (IUF). These organizations represent all brewery unions in the world, including those from Heineken which is the owner of BRANA. They have decided to band together to form a coalition in order to support unionization and compliance with human rights in Haiti. Teamsters Canada also offered training sessions and tools to members of SYTBRANA during a visit to Haiti last January. "We share common values and goals with Haitian workers. SYTBRANA faces the same challenges as Teamsters, despite the distance and different culture," stated Robert Bouvier, president of Teamsters Canada.

Please find the Teamsters Canada press release about this international coalition here: http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/%20PR_Mission%20solidarit%C3%A9...