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   Dominican Republic | UNIONS    

With Alexander Mosquea

Implacable union persecution
in Fritolay



The company, owned by PepsiCo Snacks, has a complete anti-union policy. Openly, the company threatens and harasses the workers who dare to get closer to the Union.


Sirel had a conversation with Alexander Mosquea, Secretary general of the National Union of Dominican Frito Lay Workers (SINTRALAYDO), who mentioned that the company is closely persecuting the organized workers. "Recently, our comrade Domingo Peña has been fired, with ten years of uninterrupted work in the company, without just cause". "Domingo was one of those who denounced Fritolay’s persecution policy," he said.


In addition to this kind of abusive measures, the management uses a series of dirty tricks among which, the delivery of products with an expiration date of no more than 15 days stands out, not allowing the distribution workers to return expired merchandise if they can not sell it in that time. "There are colleagues who put money from their own pocket to pay for the expired product, for fear of losing their jobs." "The pressure is terrible," Mosquea emphasized.


SINTRALAYDO has been denouncing this situation for a year before the proper authorities without receiving any kind of support.


In addition to harassing and persecuting workers who want to organize themselves, the company uses all its power to prevent the union from presenting a draft collective agreement to be negotiated because they claim the number of workers in the payroll does not reach the minimum required by the labour legislation in Dominican Republic.


"Unfortunately the Ministry of labour, has chosen the transnational company’s side so far - added Mosquea - without taking into account the workers’ rights, without considering the abuses of this company that not only pays their workers unfairly but also violates the basic right of organization to improve working conditions," said the union leader.


SINTRALAYDO now seeks to denounce this situation internationally as a way of pressing the company to accept the organisation.


"We have the Rel-UITA to spread Fritolay bad practices", he concluded.


From Montevideo, Amalia Antúnez


December 27, 2011





Photo: Bernabel Matos


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