Peru: Great uncertainty after the acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev

The approved acquisition of SABMiller by AB Inbev on October 10,2016 will affect Inbev Ambev and Backus workers in Peru. News about the possible loss of between 5,500 and 6,000 jobs globally is a big concern for SABMiller and AB InBev workers.

Cristian Pari, the general secretary of the National Union of Ambev Peru (SUNTAMBEV) workers expressed concerns about the changes that will occur as a result of the acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev.

"There is a great uncertainty about this merger, changes will start from October 10, the day on which the AB InBev group is approved to have the ownership of Backus company. Workers asked one of the managers if those changes would be good for working conditions and he said he hoped they would be good. His statement was limited to this, "said the leader.

However, some workers are being invited to resign, a situation that has generated great anxiety among the workers, who are also concerned about the delay of the company to react to the list of issues and demands submitted by the union in June, 2016.

"We have offered an overall increase of $ 0.41 and a bonus of about $ 104. They have increased the school assignment by 4,45 dollar which is currently 94.95 dollars.

These proposals do not cover the rising cost of living. We have another meeting to discuss the financial clauses, and if we cannot reach an agreement we will apply to the Ministry of Labour, "said Pari.

Towards the monopolistic production, plant closures and operations with fewer workers are foreseen

Julio Falla, the President of the National Federation of the Food, Beverage and Allied Workers of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (FNT CGTP-ABA) said that this acquisition will bring consequences to workers who do not know which company will experience the hardest hit.

In Peru the Backus and Johnston breweries, leaders of the beer market, were owned by SABMiller and they are now owned by AB Inbev.

"The new owner will make decisions about workers. Those who have medical and unexcused absences have been invited to the retreat breaks", Falla said. "Unfortunately Peruvian unions are disunited and unable to cope with the new situations. It is time for workers to reflect on our future and strengthen the Federation before hard times come", she added.