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Post date: 05/19/2014 - 18:16

Indecent work, indecent proposal: Ambev Manaus workers gave the transnational 48 hours to improve its offer

On 6 May, the National Confederation of Food Industry Workers (CNTA) held an extraordinary meeting with the organization representing workers in the Ambev Manaus Group (AM).
Faced with the current failure to open bargaining on a national wage agreement with the company, the CNTA, which represents at the highest level some 32,000 Ambev workers in Brazil, will hold discussions with the Manaus Beverages Industry Workers Union (AM) on mobilization and possible paralysation of the sector in the region, as the Union is experiencing difficulty in making progress in bargaining on wages, assistance and benefits.

On 6 May, the National Confederation of Food Industry Workers (CNTA) held an extraordinary meeting with the organization representing workers in the Ambev Manaus Group (AM).
Faced with the current failure to open bargaining on a national wage agreement with the company, the CNTA, which represents at the highest level some 32,000 Ambev workers in Brazil, will hold discussions with the Manaus Beverages Industry Workers Union (AM) on mobilization and possible paralysation of the sector in the region, as the Union is experiencing difficulty in making progress in bargaining on wages, assistance and benefits.

In total, Amazonas State accounts for some 3,500 beverages industry workers, of whom approximately 1,000 are employed by Ambev Manaus.

According to recent data from the Inter-union Department of Statistics and Socio-economic Studies (DIEESE), Brazil currently has 177,000 workers in the beverages industry.

In addition to negotiating a national wage agreement which, among other things, includes the fixing of a national wage floor of 1,500 reals (about 680 dollars), the CNTA is also discussing with the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) initiatives to combat and reduce the high incidence of accidents at work in the sector.

Accidents

According to data from the Ministry of Social Security (MPAS), between 2010 and 2012, 16,848 accidents were recorded in the sector, with 42 deaths in the same period.

The number of sickness or accident insurance claims granted between 2010 and 2012 was 928. In 2013 alone, between January and October, 316 workers in the sector were retired for sickness or incapacity by the National Social Security Institute (INSS).

Despite the reduction in the number of accidents and fatalities in the sector, the annual average is considered alarming by the CNTA.

In 2010, 6,144 accidents were recorded (with 17 deaths). In 2011, the figure was 5,634 accidents (and 14 deaths), compared with 5,070 accidents and 11 deaths in 2012.

The majority of the accidents occur during the manufacture of soft drinks and beers.