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Date updated : 05-Jun-2018

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Anti-union harassment and victimization escalate at AB InBev Sonepat India

Management at global brewer AB InBev's plant in Sonepat, India is escalating its attacks on trade union rights. For the past two years local managers have refused to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union (HBLM) and opted for repression, suspending active union members and dismissing four elected union leaders including the president and the general secretary.

Management reneged on an agreement signed in August last year to reinstate victimized union committee members and escalated its attack on rights by dismissing union president Anil Kumar Saini on March 8, 2018 following a manipulated enquiry. Saini had used compensatory leave to attend an IUF AB InBev unions meeting in India, leave he acquired after being compelled to work 16 hours continuously on a public holiday.

When selective victimization failed to break the union's struggle for rights and recognition, management orchestrated a physical attack on a peaceful union protest on April 28 outside a Sonepat government office in which a union committee member was seriously injured. A false police complaint for alleged assault was then filed against union members which resulted in the arrest of the union leadership. The arrested leaders are currently free on bail.

AB InBev Sonepat workers and their families continue their 24-hour protest at the factory gate in support of their right to union recognition and collective bargaining free from harassment and victimization. USE THE FORM BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE to AB InBev, insisting the company act to remedy its escalating human rights abuses by reinstating with full rights all dismissed and suspended HBLM union leaders and members and withdrawing the false police charges against union leaders. Management at AB InBev's Sonepat facility must recognize the independent, democratic HBLM and engage in good faith collective bargaining with the union.

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To Mr. Carlos Brito, CEO, AB InBev,
Cc Mr. Ben Verhaert, President, AB InBev India

Dear Mr. Brito,

I have learned that AB InBev management at the Sonepat plant in India management has engaged in a concerted effort to impede workers from accessing their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. For the past two years local managers have refused to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union, have terminated four union committee members including the president and the general secretary and have suspended two active union members.

Management reneged on an August 2017 agreement reinstating victimized union committee members and Union President Anil Kumar Saini was dismissed on March 8, 2018 following a manipulated enquiry. Saini had used compensatory leave to attend an IUF AB InBev unions meeting in India, leave he acquired after being compelled to work 16 hours continuously on a public holiday.

The situation deteriorated further when management collaborated with an external, politically-motivated group to orchestrate a physical attack on a peaceful worker protest on April 28. A false police complaint for alleged assault was filed against union members resulted in the arrest of the union leadership, who are currently free on bail.

I call on AB InBev to act to put an end to the victimization of HBLM leaders and members and ensure their unconditional reinstatement, drop the charges against union representatives and enter into good faith negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union at the Sonepat plant.

Yours sincerely

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