ICEM Support Mexican Glass Workers’ ILO Complaint

ICEM Support Mexican Glass Workers’ ILO Complaint
23 May 2011 ICEM InBrief

The ICEM has decided to support the case of the Mexican union, Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Empresa Industria Vidriera del Potosí S.A. de C.V. (SUTEIVP) in a complaint about violations of trade union rights at the International Labour Organization (ILO).

SUTEIVP represents workers employed by Industria Vidriera del Potosi S.A., (part of Grupo Modelo) a manufacturer of glass bottles used by Mexico’s famous Corona beer.

In early 2008, the company summarily dismissed nearly 1,000 workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement, including the executive committee of SUTEIVP. The company then entered into “negotiations” with a “union” that they invited in to create a sub-standard agreement and to act as a shield to keep out the real union. Such practices are common in Mexico, and are known as employer protection contracts. The yellow union and its corrupt leadership are generally invisible – often unknown to the workers – until a real union attempts to organize the workforce.

SUTEIVP attempted to file a complaint under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies, using Mexico’s OECD National Contact Point. In 2010, the Mexican NCP dismissed their case for “insufficient evidence”.

Manfred Warda, ICEM’s General Secretary, will highlight the SUTEIVP situation in a speech to the upcoming International Labour Conference. The case will then be reviewed by ILO’s Freedom of Association committee.

This ICEM release is also available on the ICEM Web-site (

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