For the second day in a
row, dozens of members of the Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA
mobilized in the company’s main plant, in the Guatemalan capital, to demand
that the company stop delaying the negotiations for the new collective
After more than 13
months, in which agreement was reached in 48 of the 85 clauses of the List of
Demands, negotiations were suspended on February 21.
“The aim of these
protest actions is to send Coca-Cola FEMSA a very clear message: we’re
not willing to lose any of the rights we’ve gained over many years of struggle
and we’re not going to stand for any more delays in the collective bargaining
process,” STECSA General Secretary Carlos Luch told
According to Luch,
the union may intensify these actions. “It all depends on Coca-Cola FEMSA’s
attitude in the next few weeks,” he said.
Also participating in
the mobilizations was David Morales, General Secretary of the
Trade Union Federation of Food, Agroindustry and Related
Industry Workers of Guatemala (FESTRAS).
is providing ongoing support to STECSA in its organizational process and
collective bargaining efforts.”
mobilizations are part of a series of activities that we’re organizing on a
national level with the union, synchronizing them internationally with IUF
Latin America (Rel-UITA) and FELATRAC, which are continuously
monitoring the situation,” Morales concluded.