Roberto Vicente Baigorra Chávez, Secretary General of the Bolivian Embol Bottling Factory Workers Union in Santa Cruz, participated in the extraordinary meeting of FELATRAC (Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers) organized in Buenos Aires. The constitution of an umbrella organization of unions organized in the Bolivian subsidiary of the transnational was the focus of this short interview.
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 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.
On December 1 2015, Paraguay Refrescos SA, a Paraguayan subsidiary of Chile's Embotelladora Andina SA, the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America, presented a proposal to the workers whom deliver its products throughout the country daily. Workers have rejected this proposal and a few days before the outbreak of a possible strike, the union of drivers and sales assistants gave a final counter proposal.
Coca-Cola is in talks to buy Brazilian dairy player Laticínios Verde Campo in a move that would see the soft drinks giant enter the country's dairy sector.
Wilson Vidoto, President of the IUF-affiliated Marilia Region Food Industry Workers Union (STIAM), representing FEMSA workers in Marilia, Brazil reported on the reasons that led to the decision of workers to strike.
The Coca-Cola bottler, Sorocaba Refreshments, is one of the 13 business groups that produces, bottles and sells Coca-Cola products in Brazil. The factory, located in the town of Sorocaba, São Paulo, employs about 400 workers and recently starred one of the biggest trade union abuses recorded in Brazil last year.