is the first Peruvian union to obtain
parental leave, according to clause 8 of the
Collective Agreement for 2009-2011, the
company commits to “two paid days upon the
birth of a worker's child", which will
contribute to strengthen the family links of
Corporación José R. Lindley SA
This Agreement also establishes a wage
increase of 56.3 dollars a month, which will
be paid from April 2009 to April 2010.
During the following period 2010-2011, the
increase will be 61.4 dollars. Also, a
performance bonus will be implemented,
equivalent to 20 percent of the basic
salary. Workers that belong to the
collective bargaining unit will receive a
monthly family allowance of 18.7 dollars,
and an education allowance for those whose
children are students aged 3 - 25, among
Likewise, the company committed a 15,000
dollar grant "to be used for the purchase of
a parcel of land for the union building",
for which SINATREL must obtain
recognition as a legal entity and take the
steps for registration with the Register to
receive grants, which is being done by the
A long-standing demand
“We managed to sign a good Agreement and we
must recognize the good faith of the company
to reach an understanding. Somehow, I think
the company has tried to acknowledge the
workers' effort. This company is virtually
the only one in the carbonated beverage
market, it is profitable, the average growth
of sales this year is 10 percent and I think
this has an influence too", stated Percy
Díaz Rodríguez, general secretary of
SINATREL, in his talk to Sirel.
The parental leave was a “long-standing
demand of many workers because for such a
significant date as the birth of a child,
workers needed to get a leave and then
compensate the hours they had missed, which
became an additional problem because later
it meant less time to be with their
families”, he explained.
As an award for the responsibility of
SINATREL members, "a puctuality bonus"
was added, which was approved in
negotiations. “This is a way to promote
responsibility among workers and change
their mentality; another benefit is for
workers’ children who are hard-working
students as a way to encourage them and
recognize their efforts", he added.
Also, the work of union leaders who are
members of union internal bodies has been
recognized in this Collective Agreement and
they will have union leave, according to
“The 350 days of union leave that we have
can be used by any union leader, no one has
a permanent leave in this Agreement, and so
we have managed to extend union leave to
reach our working committees which members
did not have this benefit”.
“People need time to be a leader and we had
problems to create commissions, but now,
with some union leaves, our colleagues can
take part in working committees, voting
committees, and audit committees, as well as
the different internal bodies of the Union
without the need to use their free time,
which is devoted to their families.
Next year we will have 100 additional hours,
a total of 450 hours to be distributed among
all of us", explained Percy Díaz.
Our main strength is unity
When referring to this successful
negotiation process, after recognizing the
important role played by the bargaining
committee on the employer’s side, he
expressed that this is based in the strength
and unity of the Union.
“SINATREL has become stronger with
time, we have had ups and downs, severance
packages, lay offs, but we have stayed
together, and this is one of our strengths".
We are contemplating for the coming months
to work on union strengthening, organizing
and capacity building for members at the
has union branches in the departments of
Arequipa, Cusco, Ica, Trujillo and Lima.
The general secretary of SINATREL
added that the negotiation was successful
because the union had the support of
fraternal organizations “such as the IUF,
which was always present in difficult times
and the IUF contribution was
essential, so we recognize and value their
support and their being with us always".
SINATREL agreement, a milestone
President of the Food and Beverage Sector of
the General Workers’ Confederation of Peru
(CGTP–ABA) highlighted the
achievements of SINATREL:
“This is the best set of claims and will be
useful for the following months for union
growth, which is thanks to the perseverance
and dedication of its leaders”.
“SINATREL is nearing its eighth
anniversary. A relatively young union with
the philosophy that rights obtained and
agreed cannot be renounced", he added.
As the president of the sector he
congratulated union leaders and shop
stewards who were a part of the National
Commission for "this result which is a
milestone in Peruvian bargaining".
He also expressed his recognition to the
corporate bargaining commission “because
authentic dialogue in good faith on both
sides led to these results.
Congratulations and let’s hope for many more
successes for SINATREL Coca Cola”.
stated that his sector supports the unions
and this support is possible because "we
have the support of several organizations,
particularly the IUF. We are
continuously coordinating with our sister
Patricia Iglesias, who has always been
with us in good and bad times of Peruvian