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21 February 2012

Solidarity Campaign – Colombia: EMCOCABLES SA refuses to negotiate a new collective agreement with the FETRAMECOL

According to information received from FETRAMECOL, a BWI affiliate in Colombia, the directors of EMCOCABLES SA are refusing to negotiate with the company-level union, SINTRA-EMCOCABLES, on new collective agreement demands, with the mediation of the Colombian labour authorities. The reason for that refusal is that the company does not accept the pay increase being proposed by the union: 5.75%, consistent with the increase in Colombia’s minimum wage. The company is offering only 4.5%. BWI is launching an on-line solidarity campaign to support FETRAMECOL.

In opposing the negotiation of the collective agreement demands, the company is violating a fundamental right that is recognised not only in Colombia but also at the international level. That’s why BWI has sent a protest letter to the company’s managing director. The letter urges him to respect the country’s legal order, requesting him to begin collective bargaining with the trade union as soon as possible, without delaying the process once it is started.

BWI will be watching the company’s attitude towards engagement with the trade union within the parameters set by Colombian law.


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Colombia (16/02/2012 - 16/12/2012)

ACT NOW! Support FETRAMECOL

Union: FETRAMECOL
Company involved: Sintraemcocables
BWI Action: Dear Sir, I have been informed by FETRAMECOL, an affiliate of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) in Colombia, that the directors of your company have refused to negotiate on new demands for the collective agreement with SINTRAEMCOCABLES, with the mediation of the labour authorities of Colombia. The reason for that refusal is that you do not accept the pay increase that the trade union is proposing, which is 5.75%, consistent with the increase in the minimum wage in Colombia. You are offering only 4.5%. In opposing the negotiation of the collective agreement demands, you are violating a fundamental right recognised not only in Colombia, but also at the international level. I am therefore urging you to respect the legal order in your country, and requesting you to initiate collective bargaining with the trade union as soon as possible. In our country, we will be monitoring the company’s attitude towards engaging with the trade union within the parameters set by Colombian legislation.