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Post date: 07/17/2013 - 17:41

Declaration of AB InBev International Consultation meeting, May 14-15, 2013, Leuven- Belgium

Representatives from AB InBev unions around the world affiliated to the IUF, meeting in Leuven, Belgium on 14-15 of 2013 have confirmed the alarming increase of pressure on our workplaces and on our trade union organizations. While AB InBev grows its sales, profits and returns to shareholders as well as the top management with very big bonuses, workers experience continuous cost-cutting, strict cost discipline, continuous pressure on jobs, pay and benefits, insecurity for their future, outsourcing and continuous pressure on trade union rights.

Representatives from AB InBev unions around the world affiliated to the IUF, meeting in Leuven, Belgium on 14-15 of 2013 have confirmed the alarming increase of pressure on our workplaces and on our trade union organizations. While AB InBev grows its sales, profits and returns to shareholders as well as the top management with very big bonuses, workers experience continuous cost-cutting, strict cost discipline, continuous pressure on jobs, pay and benefits, insecurity for their future, outsourcing and continuous pressure on trade union rights.

“We insist on sustainable workplaces, sustainable employment and guarantees of rights for current and future AB InBev workers. We have therefore agreed to strengthen our solidarity and mutual support, and have agreed on a series of practical measures to build that solidarity through international trade union organization so that workers may share in the benefits of the company’s growth rather than paying for it with the loss of our jobs and our rights. And we have today pledged to begin this work now.”

The IUF affiliated unions organizing brewery workers of AB InBev would like to offer their support and solidarity both to the workers on strike for 9 weeks at St. John`s AB InBev factory in Newfoundland, Canada and the workers struggling in Mexico who who were dismissed in 2008 in reaction to a legal union warning of strike action. The IUF urges AB InBev to use its influence on the Canadian operations to accept the demands of the union and conclude a constructive agreement to end the strike and to intervene with the Grupo Modelo/Corona Beer to ensure that the glass-maker, VIDRIERA, as a business partner/supplier, commits itself to comply with internationally recognized Labour Standards and to reinstate these dismissed workers with their full rights restored.

AB InBev Workers Alliance
SEIU Canada Teamsters North America FATCA Argentina
IBW Canada CONTAC Brazil FATAGA Argentina
CAW Canada ACV, Belgium Unite the Union, UK
CSN Canada ABVV, Belgium GMB, UK
UFCW Canada Setca, Belgium NGG, Germany
S.O.E.N. Uruguay CNE-CSC, Belgium ACLVB, Belgium
Federation of Breweries, Argentina AIWU, Ukraine