The strike to protect pay and pensions by IAM members employed by French-owned Schneider Electric in Peru, IN is drawing support from union allies around the world. The latest declaration of solidarity comes from IndustriALL General Secretary Jyrki Raina.
“We are outraged to learn that Schneider Electric is threatening and intimidating. It is important to note that Schneider Electric recorded a profit of over $2.4 billion in 2013, which makes the behaviour of the company even more unconscionable,” said Raina. “We call on Schneider Electric to return to the negotiating table immediately and address the legitimate concerns and demands of Local 2069 members to achieve a fair contract.”
Approximately 320 members of Local 2069 voted to reject Schneider’s final offer, which would have taken away a long-standing defined benefit pension plan. The rejected proposal had minimal wage increases to both tiers of the company’s wage scale and included only minor adjustments to safety equipment and accident and sickness benefits.
IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is leading global voice in the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.