On July 21, 2008, the workers of Lido Pozuelo (property of
the Mexican transnational corporation Bimbo) notified both
the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and management
that they had created a trade union. The next day Bimbo
retaliated by firing 62 of them.
about this situation with Daniel Durón, general secretary of
the General Workers’ Federation of Honduras (CGT), which is
supporting the mobilization of Lido Pozuelo’s employees.
-How did this conflict start?
-This is a company that employs some 450 workers, 98 percent
of which are Honduran. Three months ago the Mexican-based
purchased the bread manufacturer Lido Pozuelo, which
was owned by local shareholders. The workers decided to
organize and form a trade union, and they completed the
proceeding, right up to the requirement of notifying the
Ministry of Labor and the company, and simultaneously
requested that the State grant the workers the protection
they are entitled to in these instances.
-What was the company’s reaction?
-It immediately fired 62 workers, including some pregnant
women. These are workers with 10 to 15 years of seniority in
the company, with monthly salaries of 175 dollars, which are
below the national minimum wage. Sadly this is relatively
common in our country. Many companies have an antiunion
-How have you responded?
-The workers at Lido Bimbo, with the support of other
unions, have surrounded the plant’s facilities, and for the
past eight days we have been blocking the way in and out.
Several organizations have expressed their solidarity by
bringing us food, and giving us physical and moral support,
to help us resist, as the company is hoping to wear us out.
-Is the factory operating?
-It is at a complete standstill and has had no production
since this began.
-Have you been able to speak with management?
-Not at all. The company was summoned to a mediation meeting
by the Ministry of Labor, but it failed to show up.
Management filed an annulment action with the Ministry,
against the union, which lacks any real grounds. For our
part, we’re pressuring so that the Ministry will ratify the
legal protection that the State must ensure for organized
workers, and we are confident that it will dismiss the
action filed by management’s counsel.
intention is to destroy the union, but we have the full
support of our CGT.
purchased this plant, was there a union there?
-There had been several attempts to form one, but they were
always frustrated, the workers were repressed. This time we
were finally able to complete the proceeding and file an
official request to form the union, and this makes the
present repression much more violent and serious than
previous ones. It is a direct and clear denial of union
-How is the workers’ morale?
-Spirits are very high. The conflict has been covered by the
press, and there have been several appeals to solidarity. We
are fighting against a powerful transnational corporation,
and we are strengthening our ranks to resist. In this sense,
international solidarity and support from the labor movement