almost one year of discussions, mediated by the Ministry of Work, the
transnational company has been answering to the Union recent demands.
In the last 8 months 199 workers have been made
permanent, among which 74 took place last week.
This process is in line with the
policy of the Latin American Federation of Coca Cola Workers’ (FELATRAC) to
decrease to the most the number of outsourced workers.
dialogued with Gustavo Sotelo, the president of the Coca Cola Union Workers (STCC),
to get to know the implications of these achievements and the steps that will be
-How do you
feel with regard to this new objective that has been reached?
-We feel truly
satisfied for this achievement, though we are completely aware of the fact that
we still have a long road ahead of us’.
This is vital
to the working stability of these 199 workers, to their families, the Union
itself and the Federation of Beverages Workers and Employees (FOEB),
because of the important precedent it sets in Uruguay.
forget that during the economic crisis in 2002-2003 in this country,
like many other enterprises, took advantage of the situation to implement very
unfavourable measures for the workers: outsourcing, casualization and seasonal
work became a very common situation.
-What are the
objectives you are planning to follow in the Union from now on?
-One of the
most important issues is to work on the generational change, since a high number
of comrades will retire and the organization loses the capacity gained along so
many years of militancy and shared struggles.
It is necessary
to pass on the knowledge and history of our Union and those of the Uruguayan
workers’ movement, the formula not to forget where we come from and the aim of
will have to continue working to decrease the number of operators in precarious
working conditions, like those ones who are outsourced. Trying to recover lost
spaces, like the cleaning and security sectors that used to be
workers, is one of the main objectives.
those cleaning and security workers are not affiliated to the STCC, the
Union supports and represents them as if they were STCC members.
is aware of this and for this reason the
is always sought on every occasion in which there are issues to be discussed
directly related to workers of those outsourced sectors.
The process to
reverse outsourcing is the great defy for the union organization in the short