Trade unions and companies unable to reach agreements and negotiations at a
standstill in the State of Sao Paulo
spoke with the President of the Campinas Food Industry Workers Union (“SITAC”),
Marcos Araújo, in order to know about the current state of the
negotiations with Arcor and PepsiCo Snacks.
According to Araújo, the SITAC started its organization with
Meetings at the factory’s entrance following the unsuccessful three rounds of
negotiations held which are now at a standstill.
“Since these instances involve groups throughout the whole country, the
representative of workers from this and other companies in the sector being the
Food Industry Workers’ Federation (FETIASP), and because the only
proposal by the companies so far has been turned down by workers, who deemed it
insufficient, the Unions whose bases include these companies started organizing
as a way of breaking the deadlock.”
both Arcor and PepsiCo,” said Araújo, ‘we’re claiming a
wage increase of 8 per cent, a base salary of 1,200 Reales (equivalent to
approximately 590 dollars), and a 90-Reales basic food basket (around 45
dollars), in addition to the clauses on the Share of Gains and Profits, and
other social benefits.”
Monday October 1st has been set as the date for a new round of
negotiations to start. “If we don’t reach an agreement”, said the union leader,
“we will most likely start a work stoppage at these companies”.