Latin America

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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.

Brazil: Coca-Cola/Femsa Workers approve new agreement

At a meeting between the Sindicato da Alimentação de Limeira/SP (Food Workers' Union) and Coca-Cola/Femsa workers, Cosmópolis/SP unit, the signature of the 2014/2015 collective bargaining agreement was approved.

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.

Uruguay: Coca-Cola Workers Stage 24-Hour Stoppage against anti-union discrimination and payroll cuts

On Thursday, April 3, the Coca-Cola Workers Union (STCC) is set to stop all activities in the company. Latin America region of the IUF spoke with Gustavo Sotelo, STCC organization secretary, to learn how the conflict originated and what measures the union is planning to take.

-How did the conflict leading up to this work stoppage begin?

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