In response to a series of threats and harassment against union members by management of AB InBev’s subsidiary La Constancia in El Salvador, the IUF Latin America Region has sent a letter to El Salvador President Nayib Bukele urging him to intervene to ensure that the company respect the international treaties ratified by El Salvador on the freedom of association and collective bargaining.
- In late April 2021 the company unfairly fired 32 workers who were all members of the IUF affiliate Union of Constancia Workers (Sitraconsta); on July 30, the company dismissed 30 additional union members
- Sitraconsta continues to request negotiations with AB InBev’s subsidiary, but to date the company has ignored the union and claims it is too busy dealing with restructuring and the pandemic
- La Constancia continues to intimidate union members by telling them that the layoffs are Sitraconsta’s fault and offering job security to workers showing proof of resignation from the union
As IUF Latin America Regional Secretary Gerardo Iglesias wrote in his letter to the El Savadoran President, “We have no doubt that you will share our concern regarding this violation of the freedom of association that La Constancia Limitada, an AB InBev subsidiary, is committing in your country.”