Korea Oriental Brewery Workers Unions reach agreement with AB InBev following one week of strike

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Two IUF-affiliated Oriental Brewery (OB) workers’ unions organized a strike that lasted for a week across 3 plants in Korea in support of difficult negotiations which ultimately led to a collective agreement signed with Oriental Brewery that is owned by the brewery giant, AB InBev.

The Agreement follows countless rounds of negotiations with OB and included various mediation processes with state authorities, warning strikes, and a refusal by the company to implement the previously signed collective bargaining agreements.

The CBA includes a wage increase, employs an additional 15 permanent workers and establishes a team from both parties to ensure implementation of the earlier collective bargaining agreements by December 2017.

The IUF will continue to closely monitor these ongoing negotiations to implement the previous agreements and has made it clear that our members throughout AB InBev internationally expect the company to now fully respect the rights of workers by fully implementing all negotiated agreements.