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Post date: 07/03/2014 - 15:49

Cervecería Hondureña SA (SABMiller) foments divisions between workers at its Honduras operations

STIBYS warns of repeated breaches of the collective agreement

The Honduras Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS) has been denouncing the strategy which the British-South African transnational, SABMiller, owner in Honduras of the Cervecería Hondureña SA brewery and holder of the franchise to produce Coca Cola, is implementing to generate disorder and divide the organized workers.

STIBYS warns of repeated breaches of the collective agreement

The Honduras Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS) has been denouncing the strategy which the British-South African transnational, SABMiller, owner in Honduras of the Cervecería Hondureña SA brewery and holder of the franchise to produce Coca Cola, is implementing to generate disorder and divide the organized workers.

IUF Latin America region spoke on this subject with Julio Flores, general secretary of the Union.
Less than two months before the start of bargaining of the new collective agreement with Cervecería Hondureña SA (SABMiller), STIBYS made public the complaint of breaches of several provisions of the current agreement, including clauses 5, 13, 39 and 59 section IV, as well as provisions of the Labour Code and the Constitution of the Republic.

"Cervecería Hondureña is repeatedly forcing some teams to go out with as many as two or three lorries loaded with products to serve not only customers on their own route but also those who should be served by other company routes employing permanent staff", Julio Flores told.
In this way, the management is forcing sales staff to be responsible for all these units, leading to illegal subcontracting of external assistants who are paid by the sales staff themselves and have no contractual relationship with the company.

Cervecería Hondureña SA absolves itself of any responsibility for any incident affecting these additional workers, and forces several teams to remain completely or partially at the plant, paying them only the basic wage, and not the average wage as laid down in clause 39 of the collective agreement.

In a document sent to the management of the Cervecería Hondureña distribution centre in Juticalpa, STIBYS complained that this "irresponsible and perverse action by SABMiller" not only breaches the collective agreement and other legal and constitutional provisions, but is deliberately and maliciously generating serious tensions and divisions between the workers.
"Although it is in Juticalpa that the situation has become most sensitive, the same pattern is emerging throughout the country. It is obvious that the company has anti-union intentions and is using anarchy and disorder against the organized workers and STIBYS. Consequently, we are holding the company responsible for any incidence of violence between workers", warned Flores.

30 complaints against SABMiller in the Ministry

The trade union leader also recalled that STIBYS had already lodged over 30 complaints with the authorities against Cervecería Hondureña SA for repeated breaches of the collective agreement.
He added that the parties will be starting bargaining of a new agreement and that this situation will be included in the discussions.

"It is something which we are very worried about because they are trying to divide us. It is a problem that we are going to deal with in direct talks with the company at Ministry of Labour level, and we are going to include it in the bargaining of the new collective agreement", concluded the STIBYS General Secretary.

The original story in Spanish is here: http://www.rel-uita.org/index.php/es/component/content/article/606-sindi...