Dominican Republic: Trade unions allege that Coca-Cola abused their labour rights and limited their freedom of association

The Autonomous Union of United Workers of Bepensa [Coca-Cola bottler] and other trade unions, protested against Coca-Cola claiming violations of labour and freedom of association rights. They alleged that the company has put pressure on the union and dismissed workers unjustifiably and that it has offered money to the union leaders to leave their posts. The complete allegations are only available in Spanish here.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Coca-Cola to respond; the response is available below.

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Company response
24 April 2018

Coca-Cola Response

Author: Coca-Cola; Bepensa Dominicana

For more than 10 years' operating as the bottler for Coca-Cola in the Dominican Republic, our company has complied with labor and union regulations in the country, ensuring we improve the quality of life of our employees, to whom we offer higher salaries and working conditions, compared to the Dominican industrial sector. At Bepensa Dominicana, we have always respected freedom of association, maintaining an open dialogue with the union workers (SINATRABED and SATRAUBE) that operate in our company, in accordance with our corporate policies, as well as the Labor Law and other national regulations. We keep our promise of continue working with the unions as agreed on multiples collective agreements signed with them; being the most recent signed in 2015, valid until the present year 2018. Bepensa maintains its commitment to the Dominican industrial sector, to the growth of the economy and the country's development…The safety and respect of the working conditions will always be essential to continue achieving success as a business…

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