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Post date: 04/04/2014 - 17:58

Brazil: Workers of the Jacareí AMBEV plant call a strike

The disagreement with Ambev’s Profit-Sharing Plan (PLR) and the company’s refusal to sit down and negotiate with the workers resulted, last Monday 24th, in the brewery workers calling a strike in the Jacareí plant.

Talking with the IUF, Valter Gildo da Silva, Press Office coordinator of the São José dos Campos and Region Food Workers Union, which represents Ambev workers, said that they have been campaigning on this subject for years.

The disagreement with Ambev’s Profit-Sharing Plan (PLR) and the company’s refusal to sit down and negotiate with the workers resulted, last Monday 24th, in the brewery workers calling a strike in the Jacareí plant.

Talking with the IUF, Valter Gildo da Silva, Press Office coordinator of the São José dos Campos and Region Food Workers Union, which represents Ambev workers, said that they have been campaigning on this subject for years.

“It is a counter-offensive by the company, which for years has been in breach of the country’s labour legislation, imposing its own transnational policies such as the Hour Bank system and the so-called Manufacturing Excellence Programme (PEF) which has now become Ambev’s Profit-Sharing Plan (PLR)”, explains Valter.

According to the coordinator, as well as leaving the workers out of the discussion of the PLR, the brewery company was committing an offence in relation to the Hour Bank, since in the Jacareí plant there was no agreement of any kind approving the system signed by the workers.
“We filed a complaint with the Labour Court to make Ambev end this system in the plant as soon as possible”, Da Silva said.

The company is accustomed to pressurizing its workers to accept both programmes, a practice not confined to the Jacareí plant, but more or less commonplace in the company’s other plants in São Paulo State. “Moreover”, adds Valter, “Ambev does not accept that its workers can invoke the constitutional right to strike”.

He told how “on previous occasions when we had to stop work, the company management sent its managers to find the workers at their homes, and as we had blocked the entrance to the plant, they hired helicopters to transport workers into the plant”.

An absurdity

Consulted on the measures that they will take this time, the coordinator said that they are working with the CNTA to find a way of preventing the company from outflanking the strike and to force it to meet with the Union and negotiate a proper PLR, and not the one they are proposing, which is subject to an absurd set of conditions which merely disadvantage the workers.

If you are ill, you do not receive the profit share...

“To give you an idea, among the conditions imposed for receiving the profit share under the PLR, the company says that if a worker has an accident or falls ill, he does not fulfill the performance target and therefore does not receive the profit share. If there happens to be a fatal accident in any of the plants, all the workers will be penalized and will not receive the PLR, and nor will they receive it if they go on strike. In a nutshell, an absurdity”.

The Jacareí plant employs, including permanent and subcontract workers, some 3,000 workers who produce 1.2 million hectolitres of beer per month.

Most of the production is destined for export under the Budweiser, Stella Artois, Quilmes and, more recently, Corona brands, among others.

“The idea is to coordinate actions with the other unions in the region to strengthen measures to support the campaign and to be better prepared to confront this transnational company and its outrageous behaviour”, concluded Da Silva.

Find the original news story in Spanish here: http://www.rel-uita.org/index.php/es/sindicatos/item/4492-ambev-a-contra...