India: protest action at Sonepat factory calls on AB InBev to address ongoing rights violations


A recent protest rally organized by workers and their families at AB InBev Sonepat factory gate demonstrates the determination of Haryana Breweries Mazdoor union members to access their basic human rights to join a union and engage in collective bargaining.

Workers continue their round the clock protest actions as AB InBev Sonepat management escalated its anti-union attacks and rights violations by dismissing the Union President Anil Kumar Saini on March 8, 2018 for using compensatory leave for union activity, which he earned when management made him work continuously for 16 hours on a public holiday day. Local management manipulated a domestic inquiry report to terminate the Union President.

Local management has changed the shifts of some leading union activists to deny them access to this protest rally claiming that their presence was crucial for operational reasons.

The IUF continues to urge AB InBev to ensure that management at its Sonepat factory, India reinstates the four victimized union leaders and members and enters into good faith negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union.