With Wilson Vidoto
strike in Coca-Cola Marília, São Paulo
In an assembly held on June 5, the workers of the
Coca-Cola factory in the São Paulo city of Marília voted against the company’s
new wage offer, in negotiations that began in March of this year. The Union
demanded that the company better its offer within 72 hours or workers would stop
all activities next Sunday.
In dialog with
Sirel, Wilson Vidoto,
president of the Union of Marília Food Industry Workers (SITAM), which
represents Coca-Cola workers in the region, discussed the circumstances
leading up to the conflict and the demands sought by the union in the
“Collective bargaining in the
beverage sector is conducted at the state level, except in this Coca-Cola
plant. The reason for this is that up until two years ago the workers in this
unit were represented by a yellow trade union, a pro-company union that
negotiated clauses such as the 12x36 work system, where workers do 12-hour
shifts and rest 36 hours, and have to work Sundays and holidays, including
Christmas and New Year’s Day,” Vidoto explained.
implemented a 12x36 work system, where workers do 12-hour shifts and
rest 36 hours, and have to work Sundays and holidays, including
Christmas and New Year’s Day.
“Ever since it took over these
workers’ representation, SITAM has been negotiating wage recovery, an
improvement of benefits, and the elimination of the 12x36 system” that wears
workers out, he said.
According to the union leader,
Coca-Cola was included in São Paulo’s state-level wage negotiations, but the
company initially offered a ridiculous low increase, which was rejected by the
“We’re demanding an 11 percent
wage adjustment, a 50-reais increase in the basic food basket, Christmas and New
Year’s Day off, and Profit-Income Participation parity with the sector’s other
companies in the state,” Vidoto underlined.
So far Coca-Cola has
refused to budge from its position not to alter what it refers to as its wage
policy. Faced with this situation and following the steps stipulated under
Brazilian laws, SITAM called a strike, demanding that the transnational
corporation better its offer within 72 hours, or it will effectively launch the
strike on Sunday.
"We will be reporting on any
developments as they occur, and we are confident that we have the support of
FELATRAC and IUF Latin America,” the SITAM president
Montevideo, Amalia Antúnez
June 6, 20
Photos: Courtesy of SITAM