Unionists warn about the impact on employment in the interior

Unionists warn about the impact on employment in the interior

They also question that the Uruguayan industry is shifting towards a process of primarization, exporting only raw materials.

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The representatives of the dairy sector and that of drinks in Uruguay They warn that employment in the interior of the country is greatly affected and that the sector is turning to a process of primaryization as a consequence of the closure of five plants from different industries that occurred so far this year.

The first industry to suffer a blow was the naval industry with the advent of the Tsakos dam, the only one dedicated to fleet repairs, in the month of March. Then he touched the Balsa & Associateswhich called for bankruptcy proceedings, leaving 400 workers affected and in unemployment insurance.

Later, it was up to Fanacif, the brake assembly company in the country, which was positioned regionally as one of the best in the country. Mercosur, and that was strongly affected by its sales towards Argentina. On the other hand, the Gloria Group, belonging to the dairy industry, also closed its activities in the Uruguay. With the closure of these two plants, a total of 400 Uruguayan workers saw their jobs affected.

The most recent closure corresponds to the plant in Minas de National Beer Factories (FNC) that leaves 150 workers affected and for which the union is fighting to avoid its closure. The decision of the company, which belongs to the Brazilian multinational: Ambev, corresponds to a decision to import beer because it is convenient due to competitive conditions that are not offered by the Uruguay.

Unemployment and increased imports are worrying

With this panorama, the president of the Federation of Beverage Workers and Employees (FOEB), Fernando Ferreira, warned about the unemployment that is growing in Uruguay. “When you go to the interior of the country the situation is much worse because it is often one of the few sources of work there are,” Ferreira explained in Montevideo Noticias and commented that Lavalleja has the highest unemployment rate in the country with an estimated 2,000 people.

“From the union movement, let’s sound the alarm about the situation of the industry in general, because when the industry leaves the country there is no longer a qualified labor force with a better income than the country’s average and labor is replaced. national work due to import,” warned the president of the FOEB.

For his part, the president of the Federation of Dairy Industry Workers, Enrique Méndez, He said that Uruguay is moving towards a process of primaryization of the industry and economic concentration. “We end up exporting more raw materials and no added value is generated within the framework of our industry and that, in turn, goes hand in hand with a concentration process,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ferrera warned that it is necessary to preserve the Uruguayan industry. “Not all companies should be left in foreign hands. If you look at the country’s large companies, they are all multinationals,” he lamented.

Source: Ambito

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