Strike in AB InBev Korea ends with collective bargaining success

The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations which started last December between the IUF-affiliated KCTWU Oriental Brewery (OB) Union Chapter and the Oriental Brewery, owned by AB InBev reached an agreement. After a 10-month struggle involving two warning strikes in June and July and a strike action on August 16, (http://www.beerworkers.org/blog/workers-strike-ab-inbev-factory-korea), more than the majority of union members approved the revised proposal of the company and the new CBA was signed on September 19. Under the agreement the company withdrew its planned restructuring of the workforce.

The joint fight of regular workers and irregular workers unions tackled the decreased disposable income as the company continues to focus on a global Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) policy. The new CBA provides for improved wages, an extra bonus and a better adjustment for allowances and benefits.

The unions and the management also agreed to form a special team for communication to resolve any problems in the process of merger and to develop better industrial relations and prevent any conflicts in the future.