The process of
collective bargaining between the Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA (according
to its initials in Spanish, STECSA), and Coca-Cola FEMSA, has taken an
unexpected turn entering a stagnation phase.
“Last week the
company suggested the negotiation of a package of 11 articles of the new
Collective Agreement and we have achieved an agreement on four of them. When we
were about to sign them, the company withdrew and asked for a period of
negotiation halting”, explained to Sirel, Francisco “Paco” Barillas,
general secretary of STECSA.
negotiation was taken up again on August 9, the STECSA bargaining
commission came up with an unexpected situation. “Coca-Cola FEMSA had the
intention of conditioning the continuity of the negotiation to the signature of
the 11 articles, something which breaks the basis of the negotiation that
envisages the signature of the articles one by one.
In view of the
denial of the Union –Barillas continued- the company was categorical to
say that we were going to keep looking at each others’ face, because it was only
going to sign the whole package of articles.
suggested the indefinite halting in the negotiation, a measure that we totally
reject because it would put in serious danger the advance of the negotiation
through the direct via ”, the Union leader claimed.
Barillas, that lamentable and unexpected attitude of EMBOCEN SA (Coca-Cola
FEMSA) would aim at pressing the bargaining commission of STECSA,
for it to accept a supposed investment project with which it intends to
promote the pre sales services system and dynamic routing.
worrying situation was originated, the parts had already signed 47 out of 85
articles of the Collective Agreement.
“We are ready
to continue negotiating the new agreement, but we do not accept any type of
pressure. We are going to get together to discuss and we have already alerted
the different organizations at national and international level that support our
struggle, for them to pay attention to what may occur. We hope the company will
reconsider this decision”, explained Barillas.
reason, the union leader remembered that recently, in Guatemala, there was an
important activity of exchange and mutual support between STECSA and the
Union of Beverage Industry and allied workers’ (according to its initials in
Spanish, STIBYS), with the aim of analyzing the pre sales services system
and dynamic routing that Cervecería Hondureña (SABMiller│Coca-Cola)
has promoted in Honduras.
Barillas informed that STECSA has a fluent contact with the Latin
American Federation of Coca Cola Workers (according to its abbreviation in
Spanish, FELATRAC), with Rel-UITA.
international relations are very good and we have a constant exchange of ideas
and information, to keep on building a common front in favour of the workers’
This is why, in
November STECSA will be present at the 14th Rel-UITA’s
conference and in the next meeting of the Executive Committee of FELATRAC,
events that are fundamental to us in the framework of our struggle”, he