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Post date: 07/02/2014 - 15:13

CHILE: CERVECERA AUSTRAL REFUSES REINSTATEMENT

In the Magallanes Plant of Cervecera Austral, in defiance of the authority of the Labour Inspectorate, did not reinstate the illegally dismissed workers. This was in the context of the start of collective bargaining.

The workers at this brewery, which is owned by CCU, are subject to open discrimination, as their pay and benefits are well below those of other breweries owned by CCU.

Dismissals were the result of threats by the manger Eric Walter Roeschmann because the workers did not accept a new shift system which he sought to impose, instead of pursuing collective bargaining and signing an agreement for three years. A complaint was filed with the Inspectorate which investigated and concluded that it was an anti-union practice.

In the Magallanes Plant of Cervecera Austral, in defiance of the authority of the Labour Inspectorate, did not reinstate the illegally dismissed workers. This was in the context of the start of collective bargaining.

The workers at this brewery, which is owned by CCU, are subject to open discrimination, as their pay and benefits are well below those of other breweries owned by CCU.

Dismissals were the result of threats by the manger Eric Walter Roeschmann because the workers did not accept a new shift system which he sought to impose, instead of pursuing collective bargaining and signing an agreement for three years. A complaint was filed with the Inspectorate which investigated and concluded that it was an anti-union practice.

Cervecera Austral roundly refused to reinstate the dismissed workers, and, moreover, displayed a contemptuous and provocative attitude to authority and the trade union leaders, and the director Ricardo Villoauta even threatened to punch one of the leaders.

This is a company owned by the CCU parent company, the workers work in extreme climatic conditions producing one of CCU’s best beers, but the wages are the lowest among CCU brewery workers and the bonuses and benefits are not even a shadow of those under CCU collective agreements in the North, and this gives rise to unfair discrimination.

In the face of this arrogance and injustice, the workers’ union is calling for letters to be sent to the corporate managers in order that the non-compliance and abuse by local management does not continue.

See campaign and letters at: http://www.cervecerosaustral.blogspot.com

Cervecera Austral S.A. Workers’ Union is issuing a call to send notes of protest to the following addresses, urging the company to cease these unethical and illegal attitudes and start acting in a civilized way:

Eric Walter R. [email protected] General Manager, Cervecera Austral.
Patricio Jottar N. [email protected] General Manager CCU S.A.
Hugo Ovando Z [email protected] General Manager Cervecera CCU.
Felipe Arancibia [email protected] HR Manager CCU S.A.
Felipe Wielandt [email protected] HR Manager Cervecera CCU.

Please send a copy to the following addresses:
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