The IUF-affiliated German union NGG has been facing extensive restructuring with the closure of many Coca-Cola sites nationwide but even so more drinks are produced each year leading to an increase of productivity by employees of 13.5% from 2015 to 2016.
"It was a difficult negotiation. From the beginning the company maintained its strict position especially in the discussion of economic clauses. But in the end 90 percent of our proposals were approved", said Irguen Loayza, the vice president of the Union Embol Santa Cruz.
After two weeks of intense negotiations, the Union of Workers of the National Soft Drink Industry S.A. (SUT-INARSA) and Coca Cola FEMSA signed the new collective bargaining agreement which contains 74 clauses and will be valid for two years.
The Convention was signed on May 13 and established an average of 15 percent increase in economic terms, in some cases reaching 18 percent, for example for social benefits (food packages, productivity bonus, perfect attendance, uniforms, transportation, etc.).
On January 8 2016, after a long negotiation marked by the employer's intransigence, the IUF-affiliated National Union of Bepensa Dominicana SA (Sinatrabedsa) and the Coca-Cola bottler in the Dominican Republic signed a new collective agreement.
On the night of March 3, after 14 months of difficult negotiations and a suspension of nearly five months of negotiations, the Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA (STECSA) and Coca Cola FEMSA reached an agreement and signed the new collective bargaining agreement that will be valid for two years.