AB InBev Honduras: STIBYS reaches successful agreement securing hundreds of permanent jobs for outsourced workers

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Following three years of long and difficult negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Beverage and Related Industry Workers’ Union (STIBYS) and Cervecería Hondureña SA, owned by AB InBev, signed a new collective agreement that will be in force for the next three years.

Members of STIBYS voted unanimously in favour of a new collective bargaining agreement with AB InBev during an Extraordinary STIBYS Congress at the end of August.

STIBYS won permanent employment for 400 outsourced workers through this successful agreement. With the end of years of precarious employment hundreds of workers will not only enjoy job security for the first time, but will also be able to fully exercise their trade union rights.

The agreement also brings a pay increase of 16 to 30% per hour for different departments that will be retroactive going back 20 months.

"In Honduras, outsourcing and job insecurity have been strongly promoted. All this is part of a model that we reject strongly. Securing hundreds of permanent jobs sets a very important precedent for the country, “reported Julio Flores, the general secretary of STIBYS.

The IUF had called on AB InBev and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) to act to resolve the protracted negotiations in Honduras. The plant bottles Coca-Cola and TCCC is likely to acquire AB InBev operations in 17 countries including Honduras. The union thanked the IUF, the Latin America region and affiliates in both Coca-Cola and ABInBev for the concrete solidarity shown and for assisting the union raise issues with corporate Coca-Cola management in Atlanta.