SAB-Miller / Coca-Cola wants to lay
off 300 workers
The Union of Beverage and Related
Industry Workers (STIBYS) is occupying the Cervecería Hondureña (SAB-Miller &
Coca-Cola) plant located in San Pedro Sula. The measure responds to layoff
threats from the company, who initially announced it would fire 17 distributor
sector workers, and has now added 300 workers from the sales sector.
is trying to create a conflict to conceal its refusal to respond to STIBYS’
demands, using false accusations and very aggressive language -“If
they want war, then they’ll have war,”
was the manager’s response to the Union’s agenda, which he discarded like
2008, the Union has been proposing an agenda for talks with Management, which
focuses on certain stipulations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in
January 2008 that are not being met. Cervecería Hondureña has been
continuously stalling and refusing to negotiate. The last trick it pulled was to
show up at a Meeting with the Union demanding that Management’s own agenda
-containing false accusations and layoff threats- be discussed first.
appealed to the Ministry of Labor, who could only draw up a document recording
the disagreement between the parties.
The next day Management started
sending layoff notices by telegram. Today, a total of 21 workers have been laid
decided to halt production, and a large group of workers have occupied the
plant. Faced with what it sees as a “war declaration” from the company,
STIBYS says it will not give in and blames Cervecería Hondureña for
whatever consequences the conflict may bring.
will continue to follow the situation closely and report on any developments.