Ángel Asturizaga is
executive secretary of the General Confederation of Factory Workers of Bolivia (CGTFB),
an organization that includes the Union of Coca-Cola Workers among its members.
-How is the
-It’s formed by
trade unions from several industries, including the beverage, dairy, wood, and
cement industries, among others, and it represents some 300,000 workers in all.
any transnational corporations operating in the dairy sector?
-There are both
national companies and the Peruvian-based transnational corporation GLORIA.
Confederation is in turn a member of the Bolivian Central Federation of Workers
(COB), is that correct?
work at Coca-Cola…
-I work at the
bottling company Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas SA (Embol), and
I’m general secretary of the Mixed Union of Workers of Embol.
-Yes, one in La
Paz, one in Santa Cruz, one in Cochabamba, and one in Tarija, and there are also
four trade unions. Two months ago we formed an inter-union body that groups all
-What do you
think of the possibility of your organization joining the Latin American
Federation of Coca-Cola Workers (FELATRAC)?
-We think the world has changed enormously and we need to adapt the way we work
actions to the current circumstances. Which is why we need new labor structures
and we decided to start by forming a national inter-union body. Now we are going
to work to apply for international membership in FELATRAC and the IUF,
because we need to expand in terms of support, information sharing and exchanges.