Trade union officials
of Guatemala’s Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA (STECSA) and
Honduras’ Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS) met in
Guatemala to exchange information, strengthen ties and step up mutual support
between the two labor organizations, in the context of their collective
bargaining processes with Coca-Cola.
joint actions between the two organizations and stimulating the sharing of
information and experiences were the leading goals set for the activity recently
organized by STECSA and STIBYS in Guatemala.
the presales and dynamic routing systems to our fellow unionists from STECSA,
as these systems have already been implemented in Honduras by
Cervecería Hondureña (SABMiller/Coca-Cola), in 1993, and by
Embotelladora La Reyna (CABCorp/PepsiCo), 1997,” STIBYS vice
president Porfirio Ponce told
collective bargaining process with Embotelladora Central SA (Coca-Cola
FEMSA), the company intends to introduce these systems, but in a way that
would seriously affect wages and job stability,” Ponce continued.
exchanges between trade unions are a good way of developing joint tactics and
strategies to take a better stand against management in our negotiations. We’re
going to be on the alert to see what happens, giving our fellow unionists at
STECSA all the support they need,” the vice president of STIBYS said.
Francisco Barillas, STECSA general secretary, the activity held in
Guatemala is very significant in light of a very specific context in which
both labor organizations are negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with
the same transnational corporation.
“For us it was
key to learn about STIBYS’ experience in Honduras with the
implementation of these systems, which Coca-Cola FEMSA is seeking to put
in place in Guatemala and which we need to examine carefully.”
that the company is trying to take away gains that the workers obtained through
years and years of struggle and which have been incorporated into our collective
bargaining agreements,” Barillas continued.
than ever we need to intensify our experience- and information-sharing efforts,
together with the Latin American Federation of Coca-Cola Workers (FELATRAC)
and the IUF, and to organize joint actions,” the general secretary of
and STIBYS officials will continue these exchange efforts over the coming