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Post date: 07/19/2012 - 20:30

AmBev could be penalized for antiunion practices

The Brazilian transnational corporation could be penalized for harassing workers members of the National Union of Sales Workers of Compañía Cervecera AmBev Perú SAC (SITRAMBEVSAC). On July 2, management suspended nine union members and four leaders and has yet to back this action with the proof required by the Labor Ministry.

The Brazilian transnational corporation could be penalized for harassing workers members of the National Union of Sales Workers of Compañía Cervecera AmBev Perú SAC (SITRAMBEVSAC). On July 2, management suspended nine union members and four leaders and has yet to back this action with the proof required by the Labor Ministry.

Julio Falla, president of the National Federation of Food, Beverage and Related Industry Workers (FNT-CGTP-ABA), informed SIREL that the Labor Ministry had demanded that the company provide proof of the "serious" misconduct that AmBev accuses the 13 suspended workers of.

"The company has until July 16 to provide such proof, otherwise it will have to reinstate the workers." he said.

"The company's representatives were mistaken in thinking that by suspending 13 workers they would be dealing a harsh blow to SITRAMBEVSAC, and they have been greatly surprised to learn that the union has 62 workers and that they are all determined to stand up for their rights," Falla said.

Under Peruvian labor laws, a minimum of 24 workers are needed in order to forma a union. This right is protected under Article 28 of Peru's Political Constitution, as is freedom of association.

According to Falla, the suspension of these workers constitutes an "antiunion practice, as it is no coincidence that the workers affected are all members of SITRAMBEVSAC. The company fears that the union will grow and join forces with the production workers' union. We can't forget that AmBev has not distributed profits among its workers since it began operating in Peru, and that this demand has grown stronger with each passing year," he noted.

"The workers in the union are determined to take this fight to the end in order to enforce their rights," the union leader continued, "and they will demand that the company present the findings of the audit conducted by Yellow company."

"They have to provide proof of the 'serious misconduct' that these workers are supposedly guilty of. FNT-CGTP-ABA will continue supporting and advising the union in carrying out whatever actions are necessary to have the suspended workers reinstated," the leader concluded.

According to Falla, the suspension of these workers constitutes an "antiunion practice, as it is no coincidence that the workers affected are all members of SITRAMBEVSAC. The company fears that the union will grow and join forces with the production