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24 Jul 2017

Guatemala: Workers' World Council calls on Ternium to end union-busting campaign & recognize local trade union’s rights

On July 6 2017, Workers’ World Council protested in front of Ternium manufacturing steel plant after Ternium management failed to respond to the Council’s repeated requests for a meeting. The protest was met by dozen armed guards, police and military police. The Council and workers affiliated to FETRAS Sintraternium called on the company 'to end its union busting campaign' and 'to formally recognize the Council and work with it collaboratively in areas of common interest including health and safety'. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ternium to respond but it did not.

In September 2017, IndustriALL, Sitraternium and the Canadian branch of IndustriALL’s North American affiliate, United Steelworkers (USW), filed a complaint under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises at the OECD National Contact Point in Luxembourg, where the company is headquartered. The complaint was filed with the allegation that Ternium has been avoiding to recognise and bargain with Sitraternium thus violating workers’ rights. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ternium to respond but it did not.


(photo credit: IndustriALL)