On April 24, the
Sole Union of
Workers of Industria Nacional de Refrescos SA (SUT-INARSA) and Coca-Cola FEMSA
launched direct negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
After negotiating and signing the
wage revision for the current collective bargaining agreement in March, which
included a 7.5 percent general raise, an improvement in commissions, and a
reclassification of positions and posts in the production area, the union and
Coca-Cola FEMSA began the process of negotiations for the new collective
On the first day, the parties
reached an agreement on 31 of the 73 clauses under discussion.
Daniel Reyes, one of the thorniest issues in the company has to do
“We’re satisfied because the
collective bargaining process got off on a good start, and we hope it continues
that way, although we know that we haven’t touch on any of the key points of the
negotiation yet, in particular with respect to the economic clauses,” Daniel
Reyes, general secretary of SUT-INARSA, told SIREL.
explained that before they
launched negotiations, the union and the company had begun discussing the
delicate issue of route restructuring, which had sparked a lot of tension
between the parties some months ago.
“We’ve progressed and agreed on a
lot of issues, but we suspended the talks temporarily to focus on the collective
bargaining process, because for us the most important thing is to guarantee and
improve the workers’ benefits,” the union leader stressed.
According to the general secretary
of SUT-INARSA, one of the thorniest issues in the company has to do with
outsourcing. Although this is not going to be discussed in the negotiations for
the new collective bargaining agreement, Reyes assured that the union was
paying very close attention at how that situation unfolds.
“It’s an issue that we’re very
concerned about and we have backed the passing of a law that will regulate
outsourcing. We hope this law is approved very soon, so that we can use it as a
legal tool in our discussions with the company over this matter.”
The union leader
reported that the union has succeeded in reducing by 50 percent the company’s
350 outsourced workers
“We have always made it very clear
that we don’t want two categories of workers in Nicaragua: workers who
enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining, and workers who have nothing.”
“In this sense, we’re going to
continue fighting for this law to be passed and for permanent employment in the
company,” Reyes concluded.
The union leader reported that the
union has succeeded in reducing by 50 percent the company’s 350 outsourced
workers. There are
currently some 180 outsourced workers in the Sales, Operations and, to a lesser
extent, Production areas.
The company Industria Nacional de
Refrescos SA (Coca-Cola FEMSA) employs a total of 710 workers, 444 of
which are members of SUT-INARSA and enjoy collective bargaining benefits.