Uruguay | TRADE UNIONS | MEATPACKING In response to wrongful dismissals at Frigocerro FOICA takes action Amalia Antúnez 05 | …
Last Friday, July 29, at a tripartite meeting, the Federation of Meat Industry Workers (FOICA) hoped to reach an agreement with the meatpacking company Frigocerro following the arbitrary dismissal of two union leaders.
In 2020, some ten to twenty thousand indigenous workers were employed in Brazil’s meatpacking plants. The NR36, a norm that regulates health and safety conditions in that industry, cannot be modified without first consulting the indigenous communities that will be affected by any proposed changes. However, indigenous activist and lawyer Fernanda Kaingáng told La Rel that this revision was presented out of the blue, without prior discussion, thus violating the obligation to consult the indigenous peoples concerned, as stipulated by ILO Convention 169.
Walter Jonathan Bartholin Lillo, trabajador de Unilever-ID Logistic (subcontratada por Unilever), murió el 15 de junio producto de un grave accidente del trabajo durante su labor y la transnacional no se hace cargo del hecho ni lo ha comunicado formalmente. Es una de las consecuencias del proceso de externalización y precarización del trabajo emprendido desde hace tres años en Chile por la firma de origen angloholandés.
Last April 7, in a meeting of European and Brazilian labor organizations that represent meat industry workers, Peter Schmidt, of the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG), declared: “Trade union actions against workforce casualization in meatpacking plants in Brazil and Germany are part of the same struggle.
A subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis formed by members of the new United States Congress has launched an investigation into widespread Covid-19 cases and deaths in several of that country’s meatpacking plants.
On July 1st, the IUF’s Meat Industry Division held a teleconference with the participation of some 40 union leaders from the sector. Alberto Fantini, secretary general of Argentina’s Labor Federation of Meat and Meat Byproduct Industry Workers, reported on the situation in the sector and the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the key points of his presentation.
A vigorous and effective denunciation campaign succeeded this past Tuesday, June 9, in blocking the submission to congress of a proposed amendment to Provisional Measure 927, which establishes a 20-minute break for every 1.4 hours worked in meatpacking plants.
The Labor Prosecutor’s Office, the IUF, and our affiliate organizations CNTA and CONTAC (Brazil’s national confederations of food and related industry workers) are conducting a signature-gathering campaign for a petition to block the proposed amendment to Provisional Measure 927.
The health situation in Brazil under the COVID-19 pandemic is a faithful reflection of the institutional mess and the irresponsibility of a government that mocks its people on a daily basis.