Starbucks has lived up to its fame as the most anti-union business in Chile. In October, as it announced record profits, the company rejected all Starbucks Workers´ Union demands, included in a draft collective agreement.
Alleging damage to its competitiveness, the company has said it cannot cover basic benefits to workers such as meals and commuting expenses, as well as sick pay rights.
The majority of workers are young people under 25, ironically referred to by its internal regulations as “partners”.
Starbucks’s view is that “unions are unnecessary” and that organising is “a betrayal and distrust of management”.
The company is using all its resources to derail the process of collective bargaining and, through intimidation and direct retaliation, discourages workers from joining the union.
The company was sentenced four times for violation of trade union rights in 2012, and the Chilean Supreme Court has recently upheld an appeal court ordering it to pay a $50,000 fine and to negotiate a collective agreement with the union.
It seems that Starbucks prefers to keep paying fines rather than simply respecting workers´ rights.
Starbucks is obliged to respect human rights in the countries where it is doing business and must negotiate in good faith, in accordance with Chilean legislation and international standards ratified by the country.
Tell Starbucks to negotiate in good faith with workers in Chile.
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