1999 Coca Cola bought 49 percent of Inca Kola shares to Lindley
Corporation, which has allowed the merger between both companies in Perú
and, as a consequence, has put all workers on an equal foot.
had a conversation with Raúl Rengifo, general secretary of
SINATREL –that gathers 651 workers from: Lima, Trujillo, Cusco and Arequipa-,
and with Daniel Ortiz, secretary of Defense of SITRACORLINSA, that
represents 300 workers from Lima and Sullana.
-What has caused breaking off relations with the company?
During the last two years the company has given us a 2,03 and a 2,2 dollar
pay-rise, and now it only offers 74 dollar cents. We know that the previous
Agreements can be improved, but they reject it.
Union is also negotiating its List of Demands and we have not reached an
agreement either. At present we are at a conciliation phase at the Ministry of
the two Unions participating in this negotiation process?
When the merger of Coca Cola and Inca Kola took place, there was a
Union in each company. For the moment we are negotiating in a parallel way,
though in coordination, since the aims are common to both of them and we are
also discussing unification.
-What does the company say?
That they are building a mega plant in Trujillo and another one in Atocongo
(Lima), and that for this purpose they need the workers’ effort. We now that
benefit the company, but this must not be a justification for the rejection of
The company has already invested in a huge way into Callao and Arequipa plants
and this has not been a reason to affect the workers’ salary. Besides, the
production has increased 10 percent compared to last year’s production. The
company itself has presented us a chart indicating that in soft drinks we have
76 percent of the market.
view of the company’s refusal to negotiate, what is the next step?
case the company keeps its position, we have considered implementing a
have been negotiating for months now without having reached a solution. We will
have to use our right to go on general strike for an indefinite period of time
if the company keeps its laughable offer.