Rigged election at Carrefour Spain, says UNI observers delegation
In Carrefour Spain, the elections last October at company level for the EWC had a poisonous smell. UNI Commerce affiliates Fecoht-CC.OO and Chtj-UGT fight continuously to stop the abuse of the dominant position by yellow union Fetico based on its connivance with Carrefour Spain; a link that UNI has denounced for years as it doesn't serve the interest of the workers nor the company.
UNI Carrefour Union Alliance's trade union delegation, composed of Manu Gonzalez, Cne-CSC Belgium, Danilo D’agostino Filcams-CGIL Italy, Mario Amado, Faecys Argentina, Antonio Tarantino FO-Fgta, France, and led by Fabrice Warneck, UNI Europa Commerce Policy Officer, came to Spain to express their solidarity with their Spanish comrades and to observe the election process.
Meeting the corporate and country management, the UNI Commerce delegation demanded that the company remained neutral during the election process. They visited several hypermarkets in the suburbs of Madrid in order to meet shop stewards and support them. A long list of irregular situations, such as harassment and threats, was provided to the UNI delegation. As a consequence, a considerable amount of candidates withdrew their candidacy from the election process. The Spanish unions has proved that one Director gave written orders to middle management to vote for Fetico.
This UNI action was well received and considered very positively by both Spanish federations and shop stewards, who felt supported and stronger, and by the foreign delegates. They said “this is a good practice that should be promoted in other countries and companies, because international trade unionism becomes a reality”.