As negotiations for the new
collective bargaining agreement are set to begin, the members of the negotiating
committee of the Autonomous Union of BEPENSA - Coca-Cola Workers (SATRABECO)
participated in a Collective Bargaining Workshop organized by Bernabel Matos.
SIREL spoke with the union’s general secretary, Linares Díaz, to learn more
about this workshop.
-What did the training
-The workshop was aimed
at teaching us how to use negotiation tools and techniques, as well as at
working out the details of a strategy for the upcoming collective bargaining
process with BEPENSA DOMINICANA S.A.
The activity greatly
enhanced our knowledge and helped us prepare properly to face this new
challenge, which will be crucial to defend the rights of the workers.
facilitator was Bernabel Matos and participants included all the members
of the negotiating committee, alternates, and other union leaders.
-How important is this
activity for you?
-Ours is a relatively
new union, so for us it’s very important to train our leaders and to prepare
everyone who will be involved in the negotiations for our third collective
We thank Rel-UITA
(IUF Latin America), the Latin American Federation of
Coca-Cola Workers (FELATRAC) and Bernabel Matos for
their support, because it was through their support that we obtained the
instruments and guidance and developed the skills necessary to grow stronger and
stronger every day.
-What are the most
important clauses that you included in your list of demands?
-We’re focusing on
protecting our job stability, in securing a guarantee from the company that it
won’t implement outsourced work schemes, and in obtaining better wage,
especially in the sales area. Workers in the sales area have to put in very long
hours - up to 16 or 18 hours - practically covering two whole shifts, but their
wages are always the same.
-Are there many
outsourced workers in the company?
-The company does not
employ outsourced personnel, but it almost implemented an outsourcing scheme to
We had to mobilize
because it was an attempt by the company to evade the guarantees that we have
obtained through collective bargaining. Which is why in the new list of demands
we included a clause that prohibits the company from outsourcing work.
competition has currently outsourced 30 percent of its posts. Which is why we
wanted to get ahead of management and introduce this clause, and we hope the
IUF will back us in this demand.
-How many workers
have joined SATRABECO?
-Of a total of 2,200
workers at BEPENSA, 1,750 are unionized, and 1,100 of those unionized
workers are members of SATRABECO.
FELATRAC is preparing a major event in the Dominican Republic. What do you think
-We know through
Bernabel that our Federation is deciding on a date to hold an important
seminar with us. We’ve also been assured that Raúl Álvarez and Pablo
Quiroga, FELATRAC president and general secretary, respectively, and
our regional secretary, Gerardo Iglesias, will be coming soon to our
country, and we are very excited over that.