Agreement in Coca-Cola Marília, São Paulo Brazil

The Coca-Cola Marília management (SP) bettered its offer in several points and a satisfactory agreement was reached with the workers, Wilson Vidoto, president of the Union of Marília Food Industry Workers (SITAM), told SIREL.

On June 11, at the Regional Work Office, Coca-Cola management presented a new and improved proposal that prevented the strike announced by workers on June 6 if the company failed to better its offer.

SIREL spoke with Wilson Vidoto, who said, "company representatives came to the Regional Work Office earlier today, with a counterproposal that greatly improves the original offer, in the framework of the pressure action taken by the union last week."

"We achieved a 50 percent increase in the basic food basket and for the Profit-Income Participation to be calculated at 100 percent of our wages, instead of the 80 percent it is currently calculated on. We also obtained Christmas and New Year's Day off, which is a long-standing demand of the workers, and we secured a promise from the company to review the wages that are below the category floor," the union leader said.

The SITAM president is satisfied with the agreement reached. "Even though it is not exactly what we were asking for, it's a satisfactory agreement, considering how collective negotiations with Coca-Cola Marília usually turn out."

"Without a doubt, the actions taken by the union and the support provided by FELATRAC and IUF Latin America were effective," Vidoto concluded.

Interview with Wilson Vidoto
From Montevideo, Amalia Antúnez, Rel-UITA
Resource: http://www.rel-uita.org
Translation: Daniel García, Rel-UITA
Photos: Courtesy of SITAM

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