Dominican Republic: SINATRABEDSA prepares for wage bargaining and optimism advances in labor-management relationship

In July 2014, the National Union of Workers in Dominican Bepensa SA (SINATRABEDSA) and Coca-Cola bottler in the Dominican Republic Bepensa will sit to negotiate wage revision under the collective agreement.

Rafael Vega, General Secretary of SINATRABEDSA, told the IUF that in recent months, the labor-management relationship has improved and that the company has been correcting most of the problems that had been created in the past.

He reported that, as of next July, the two sides will negotiate the salary adjustment provided for in the collective agreement signed last year.

"Once the National Wage Committee has reached an agreement on raising the minimum wage in the private sector and the authorities have defined the level of inflation in the country, we will sit down with the company to discuss the salary adjustment in Dominican Bepensa SA "Vega said.

The union leader said he was optimistic about this new negotiation and emphasized the good moment of the bottler of Coca Cola Company in Dominican Republic.

According to company data, in April this year, Dominican Bepensa SA has opened two new production lines, one glass and one plastic, and the cost is part of a draft annual investment of nearly $ 37 million.

Thus, the company has increased its production by 28 percent to meet growing market demand capacity.It is also generating some 2,600 jobs directly and another 15,000 indirectly.

With new investment and increased production volume, the SINATRABEDSA is asking the company to adapt the sales teams and hire new workers to meet the new demand.

Constant building up of union and support from the IUF Latin America region

Vega also said that the Union continues to deepen the work of union formation and training.

"It's a constant work we are carrying out at the national level, and it is an important investment in human capital that will ensure the stability and future of our organization.That's why we are very grateful to the IUF for the support they have been giving us through their representatives Bernabel Matos and Wilson Montero" Vega concluded.

Interview with Rafael Vega
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