Latin America

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Brazil: Workers reach agreement at Coca-Cola FEMSA following strike notification

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.

Brazil: Coca-Cola Sorocaba workers sign a new agreement

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.

Brazil: Coca Cola must reinstate the dismissed workers

Labor Justice dismissed the appeal of Sorocaba Refreshments on 13 May 2015 and the company now must reinstate the 200 workers dismissed earlier this year.

On 23 February 2015, 217 workers of Sorocaba Refrescos SA, which produces, markets and distributes Coca Cola Company products, received a notice from the company about their dismissal justified by the need to restructure the distribution services.

Coca-cola workers in Brazil launch national campaign for better wages and working conditions

The divergent wages paid by the same company in different states and those of different companies in the same state raise concern among beverage workers. The Food Industry Workers' National Confederation of Brazil (CNTA Afins) held a meeting on April 15, 2015 along with other union organizations in Sao Paulo to discuss wage and working conditions in the Coca-cola Company in Brazil.  On April 22, 2015 CNTA Afins announced the meeting's resolution containing a list of demands, such as the establishment of a wage floor equal to or higher than 1425 reais (around US$ 480), which is the highest salary payment for the beverage sector workers in Sao Paulo nowadays. The Coca-Cola Company in Brazil employs around 60 thousand direct workers and 600 thousand indirect workers.

Brazil: Court verdict in favor of dismissed Coca-Cola distribution workers

In late February 2015, more than 200 workers employed in the distribution of Sorocaba Refreshments, which produces and markets Coca Cola products, were fired during the Carnival holidays. The company sent a notification to the workers while transferring the entire fleet of trucks to a nearby town to outsource the service.

Coca-Cola workers union in Bolivia affiliates with the IUF

Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas SA (Embol), the Coca Cola franchise in Bolivia, has four plants in the districts of La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija and Santa Cruz . Roberto Baigorria , Secretary General of the Union Embol in Santa Cruz, told the IUF Latin America region that out of nearly 900 employees, 400 are unionized and they are looking forward to the affiliation with the IUF and the Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers(FELATRAC).

Dominican Republic: Coca-Cola workers progress for collective bargaining agreement

The National Union of Workers of Bepensa Dominicana SA (Sinatrabedsa) and the Coca Cola in Dominican Republic (Bepensa) have been exchanging positions and are open to dialogue. However, the IUF affiliated Sinatrabedsa is not willing to renounce acquired rights during collective bargaining  negotiations.
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