IBM faces strikes in Chile, Argentina

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is asking select global delivery framework (GDF) workers to go to Chile to work in case a strike announced for July 14 by local union workers goes ahead, BNamericas has learned.

According to the Global Union Alliance at IBM, several IBM employees from other countries have been arriving in Chile to cover in case of a strike. The possible work stoppage is a result of the company's total rejection of the IBM Chile union's 23-point negotiation, the union said.

"We stand with the IBM Chile union and we oppose the use of US employees as strikebreakers," the union said. Along with Bulgaria and Turkey, the Chile IBM office has fought to keep workers from joining sanctioned organizations, a spokesperson for the union was previously quoted as saying by publication WRAL Techwire.

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IBM Chile's communication department would not comment on the issue when contacted by BNamericas.


Together with this action in Chile, union workers at IBM Argentina have called a "peaceful strike" for July 28, after unsuccessful dialogue with the company regarding salary raises, the union said.

"IBM's unilateral salary policy does not allow increases. As an idea, in 2009 the pay increased was between 0% and 1%; in 2010, 8%; and in 2011, an average of 14%.... After several attempts at dialogue with the company, we got nowhere," the Argentine union said.

Independent economists say Argentina's inflation rose 25-30% in 2010 alone - much higher than the official government figure of 10.9%.