“Tito” Zelko is a C.P.A. who has been working for the Finance Department of The Coca Cola Company since 1985. He was previously employed by the Ford Motor Company until that same year, when the automotive firm closed down its offices in Uruguay. Zelko was hired by TCCC at the time when Uruguay was leaving behind a period of military dictatorship (1973 - 1985).
Cleaning workers at Coca-Cola in Uruguay were strongly supported and represented by the Union of Coca-Cola Workers (STCC). These workers have been outsourced by the multinational and currently are not members of the union. As a result a favourable agreement was signed.
Coca-Cola had changed the cleaning service provider in May 2011, replacing Adonis SRL with ISS SRL.
Workers at Coca-Cola in Uruguay have started to mobilise against neglect of their union, STCC, by the company, and the bad faith the company has shown during collective bargaining. In a mass assembly during a strike October 15, attended by some 400 workers, it was decided to enter into preconflict mode and hold a series of mass rallies.
Uruguay: Union reacts strongly to anti-trade union pressure, attempts to cut distribution work force11-10-2010
STCC, the union representing Coca-Cola workers in Uruguay, has strongly denounced attempts of a manager in presales to intimidate women workers who sought to join the union. Workers reacted with an immediate union meeting that took a whole workday and took the form of a strike and picket outside the gates.
February 9 FELATRAC, the Latin American Coca-Cola Workers Federation, held an ad-hoc meeting regarding the situation at Montevideo Refreshments, which will be also subject to a detailed report for the next meeting between unions and the company in Atlanta.
The Union of Coca-Cola Workers (STCC) in Urugugay achieved a major agreement with the company after having declared a state of alert that lasted several days and during which it conducted ongoing negotiations.