The Fresenius Kabi Chilean Workers Union at Plant Sanderson achieved an important victory after securing a pay rise on 22 March. As a result of this development, it called off its official strike which began on 14 March.
The plant, which makes medical supplies, employs 540 people, of whom 355 are members of the union, which is affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union through CONSFETEMA.
CONSFETEMA members employed at Fresenius Kabi Sanderson Laboratory went on strike in protest of management’s refusal to negotiate a pay increase. The company claimed it had been facing financial diffuclty for the past four years and that it was not in a position to grant any increase beyond a cost of living adjustment.
Large-scale demonstrations were organised outside the plant in support of demands for a pay rise. At the same time, the workers made it clear that that they were keen to develop good industrial relations. Workers ended the strike after the company agreed to the pay rise.
IndustriALL intervened after the strike had started, sending letters to the management of Plant Sanderson and to the parent company in Germany in the hope of achieving an immediate solution to the dispute.
The General Secretary of IndustriALL, Valter Sanches, expressed his satisfaction with regard to the agreement reached by the parties.
“We are happy to see that the company and the trade union have come to a negotiated agreement, proving once again that collective bargaining is the most effective way for workers to earn a decent livelihood and to be given a fair share of the wealth they generate.”
Fresenius Kabi was founded in Germany and employs more than 36,000 people worldwide. In Latin America it has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.
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