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Post date: 01/27/2012 - 15:50

Carlsberg’s “Baltika” unions protesting ongoing destruction of permanent jobs

January 24, unions of Carlsberg’s “Baltika” breweries in Russia held demonstrations at factories’ gates to say “No” to the ongoing destruction of permanent jobs and the pressure management puts on union activists. Recently Rostov-on-Don city court was examining a case of Eugeni Bykadorov, member of “NovoProf” union, who was unfairly dismissed from “Baltika-Rostov” plant after he refused to withdraw his complaint about unpaid overtime he submitted along with other workers to State Labour Inspection despite managers’ intimidation.

January 24, unions of Carlsberg’s “Baltika” breweries in Russia held demonstrations at factories’ gates to say “No” to the ongoing destruction of permanent jobs and the pressure management puts on union activists. Recently Rostov-on-Don city court was examining a case of Eugeni Bykadorov, member of “NovoProf” union, who was unfairly dismissed from “Baltika-Rostov” plant after he refused to withdraw his complaint about unpaid overtime he submitted along with other workers to State Labour Inspection despite managers’ intimidation. Pickets were held by workers in Rostov, Voronezh, Yaroslavl and St-Petersburg.

“Baltika” unions affiliated to IUF’s “NovoProf” and Agro-Industrial Workers Union of Russia (AIWU) are deeply concerned with the growing expansion of different forms of precarious employment which isn’t only worsening workers’ terms and conditions and endangering good jobs but appears to be a part of the corporation’s anti-union policy along with intimidation, pressure and dismissals of activists.

“Baltika-Rostov” fired 39 loaders during the last four months alone. Others were fired in 2010 and by now there’re only 11 loaders on the payroll of Carlsberg in Rostov while most of work is performed by agency workers. The same had happened to janitors during the spring of 2011, technicians of bottling department in 2010 and inspectors of department of control in 2009. Earlier all workers from constructions and equipment maintenance departments were also replaced by contractors. Obviously such anti-labour and anti-union attacks have no chance to match with the image of “socially responsible company” which should value its employees.

“Baltika” unions are aware that if they don’t step in, the situation will only get worse. This is proved to them by the example of the Heineken brewery in St-Petersburg where over a half of entire workforce is already put off the payroll of the plant.