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Post date: 08/10/2016 - 11:37

Honduras: SABMiller wants to outsource more

It has been almost two years since the start of negotiations for a new collective agreement between the IUF-affiliated Union of Beverage Industry (STIBYS) and Honduran Brewery S.A., owned by SABMiller, recently acquired by AB InBev. The whole process has been marked by the dilatory and uncompromising attitude of the British-South African transnational.

In August last year, STIBYS decided to terminate the direct settlement stage and requested mediation. During this stage 30 clauses of a total of 45 were agreed. Three of the most sensitive clauses were already past the stage of conciliation agreement.

"The remaining clauses are the most delicate issues for workers' rights. The most important is the outsourcing, "said Carlos H. Reyes, President of STIBYS.

It has been almost two years since the start of negotiations for a new collective agreement between the IUF-affiliated Union of Beverage Industry (STIBYS) and Honduran Brewery S.A., owned by SABMiller, recently acquired by AB InBev. The whole process has been marked by the dilatory and uncompromising attitude of the British-South African transnational.

In August last year, STIBYS decided to terminate the direct settlement stage and requested mediation. During this stage 30 clauses of a total of 45 were agreed. Three of the most sensitive clauses were already past the stage of conciliation agreement.

"The remaining clauses are the most delicate issues for workers' rights. The most important is the outsourcing, "said Carlos H. Reyes, President of STIBYS.

"The company has transferred a lot of customers to the third parties throughout the country. For permanent routes that has meant the loss of some 7.5 million cases of soft drinks and beer and some 25 million lempiras ($ 1.1 million), "he specified.

The President explained that STIBYS never accepted that this practice is acknowledged in the new agreement.

"Allowing it would mean accepting that the company follows outsourcing and introducing more precarious jobs further in sales department," he said.

For him, the attitude shown by SABMiller, which in Honduras also has the franchise to bottle Coca Cola products, is part of a strategy that international capital is driving worldwide, to generate a change in the power balance between employers and workers .

In this situation, the STIBYS has begun to mobilize.

"We have conducted meetings at the entrances of the plants nationwide, and soon we will start a new stage of demonstrations throughout the country.

In addition, we are entering the election process in all sectional branches to reinforce our organizational structure, "said Carlos H. Reyes.

A new union project of joint branches
STIBYS President also said that several organizations have entered the stage of formation of a new union project.

"We are building the Union of Workers of Food and Beverage by bringing together a wide range of organizations, and we seek the support of IUF Latin America region," said Reyes.

The aim is to encourage unions by branches to counter the fierce anti-union campaign launched by the current government and national and transnational companies.

The original story in Spanish is here: http://informes.rel-uita.org/index.php/sindicatos/item/el-tortuguismo-de...