Union leaders of
Embotelladora Central Ltd. Workers Union (according to its abbreviation in
Spanish, STECSA) and those of the Union of Beverage Industry and allied
workers’ (according to its abbreviation in Spanish, STIBYS) met again, this time
in Honduras, to continue with the exchange of information and consolidate a
common strategy to work together.
exchange started last month between STECSA and STIBYS,
organizations affiliated to UITA and to the Latin American Federation of
Coca Cola Workers (according to its abbreviation in Spanish, FELATRAC)
had a second phase in the frame of the 23rd Ordinary Congress of
STIBYS, recently held in Tegucigalpa.
are giving continuity to a process that we started in Guatemala, focusing
on the study of how Honduras develops the
Pre sale services
(SABMiller│Coca Cola) and Embotelladora La Reyna (CABCorp│PepsiCo)”,
explained to Sirel, Rubén Vega, secretary of Conflicts of the
Executive Committee of STECSA.
According to Vega, “in Guatemala it is expected to boost that same
system, reason for which we are interested in knowing from first hand which
is the evaluation done by the comrades of STIBYS on these procedures.
have had the opportunity to revise around four routes, the loads they carry, the
delivery system, the problems with the clients and the long workdays.
have also deepened the information exchange with the comrades of STIBYS,
and we believe that it is going to be of great help to have concrete elements to
draw our conclusions, during the next sessions of collective bargaining with
Coca Cola FEMSA”, stated the STECSA’s union leader.
Finally, Vega made it clear which the importance of these exchanges is
where “there are elements that make us stronger and give us more tools and more
solidness when the time comes to negotiate with the companies”, he concluded.
According to a study on Occupational Health done by the STIBYS, each
route visits between 50 and 80 clients a day –number that varies according to
the state of the sales-, with a working day that goes to 10 to 14 hours long.
trucks have 14 paletts, double wheel-sized and carry a load of between 700 and
1000 boxes, with a total weight of between 10 and 11,5 tons, which are unloaded
by the warehouse staff –in its great majority outsourced and non-experienced
workers-, and unloaded once again by a seller and two assistants.
have unloaded trucks for more than 6 years now.
are very tough, exhausting and extremely long working days. At this pace, it is
going to be difficult for me to retire in this company”, said Fredy Gómez,
member of the bargaining commission of the STIBYS with Cervecería
Hondureña (SABMiller│Coca Cola).
has been a witness of the way in which many workers have ended up suffering from
many illnesses related to work, for instance LBP (Lower Back Pain) or shoulder
and knee injuries.
“They have started to miss work because they could not bear the work load any
more. The doctors state that they have to be relocated but the company refuses
to do it, and they keep on bearing the work load because they fear they may be
dismissed”, Gómez concluded.
the moment, the negotiation between STIBYS and SABMiller has
entered the phase of Mediation, without having achieved an agreement on the
items included in the List of Demands, such as outsourcing, temporary and