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60 Latin American Coca-Cola Unions Unite to Launch Regional Federation

Posted to the IUF website 26-May-2008

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Sixty unions from ten Latin American countries united in Buenos Aires on May 7 to launch the Latin American Federation of Coca-Cola Workers (FELATRAC) under the aegis of the IUF. The federation is the concrete result of the long-standing work of the IUF Latin American Regional Secretariat to build up company- and sector-wide organizations in close cooperation with the affiliates. FELATRAC elected a president (Raúl Álvarez, general secretary of the Argentinean Federation of Workers of the Carbonated Water Industry (FATAGA), vice-president (Francisco Argüeta, general secretary of Guatemala's STECSA), and four coordinators: one for each sub-region of the regional secretariat.

Interviewed at the founding meeting, Argüeta commented: “These efforts to consolidate IUF's activity within Coca-Cola are coordinated with our efforts to design a union structure that will provide coverage for all the workers of company in Guatemala. Now, together with the FELATRAC, we have to strengthen the efforts of our sister organizations in Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, and continue to move forward until every Coca-Cola worker is unionized.”