company will meet on Monday, February 27 with leaders of the
national division of the Union of Workers of Embotelladora
San Miguel del Sur SAC (SINKR) to discuss the arbitrary
dismissal of the assistant secretary of the union, who is
accused of committing a “serious infraction” in a violent
incident caused by a worker loyal to management.
Embotelladora San Miguel del Sur
resorted to violence to fabricate justified grounds for
firing the union’s assistant secretary Roberto Carlos
Medina, who was assaulted by another worker who is
“unconditional” to the company and who, acting like a true
“hooligan,” attacked him
physically and verbally.
Following the violent incident, the unionist received a
notice of dismissal and two days later was formally
discharged by the company.
The union’s assistant
secretary Roberto Carlos Medina was assaulted by
another worker who is “unconditional” to the
company and who, acting like a true
attacked Medina physically and verbally.
express their rejection of this action and at the same time
show their firm unity, on Wednesday, February 22 the
members of the Union of Workers of Embotelladora San Miguel
del Sur SAC, National Division (SINKR), stopped all work
activities at the company’s plants in Huara (149 kilometers
north of Lima) and Arequipa (1009 kilometers south of Lima)
and marched to the company’s headquarters in the capital to
demand the reinstatement of the union leader.
General Secretary Carlos Haytan said to
“We’ve come to demand the presentation of a security report,
as the decision [to fire the worker] was made without
examining the footage of the plant’s security camera. This
footage provides irrefutable evidence of what really
happened. Moreover, no statements were taken from the
workers who witnessed the incident caused by Gabriel
Montesinos, the worker who assaulted our fellow union
According to a company security report (Nº 003, CIVIL
SECURITY-ESMS), the union leader and Montesinos were
found arguing and attacking each other in the Production
area lavatories, and due to the severity of the incident the
police were called in.
The march to Lima and the work stoppages have
taken the company by surprise, as it is the
first time that the two plants (Huara and
Arequipa) suspend their activities.
SINKR members say the incident was “prepared” so the company
could charge the union’s assistant secretary with a serious
infraction and have an excuse to fire him, thus affecting
this labor organization, which represents workers in the
Huara and Arequipa plants since 2011.
union’s leaders met with a representative of the company in
Lima, who scheduled a meeting for Monday, February 27, and
requested that they call off the work stoppages and
occupations at the factories.
Haytan, who has worked in the company for nine years,
the march to Lima and the work stoppages have taken the
company by surprise, as it is the first time that the two
plants (Huara and Arequipa) suspend their activities.
“They’ve asked if we could work the nightshift. Our
mobilization to Lima affected some lines of production and
management is worried,” he explained.
Embotelladora San Miguel del Sur
is owned by members of the Añaños family, independent
from the Peruvian Ajegroup. The company operates
under the name KR, which is the acronym of Kola
Real, a soft drink first sold in the Peruvian market in
1988, in the city of Ayacucho, and is now a transnational
company’s flagship products are Kola Real, Oro,
and Cielo, and in recent years it launched other
successful products, such as Kris, Fruvi,
Sline, and Generade, a rehydration drink
made with natural fruit flavoring.