Spanish Supreme Court rules dismissed workers' rights were violated at Coca-Cola

On April 15, 2015 the Madrid Supreme Court announced its final verdict on the closure of four Coca-Cola factories in Spain and confirmed the previous ruling of the National Court which declared the Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' (CCIP) restructuring plan announced in January 2014 invalid. The  restructuring and the  closure  of  4  plants in  Alicante,  Fuenlabrada  (Madrid),  Palma  de  Mallorca  and Colloto (Asturias) affected  more  than  1190  workers  and  caused  the  forced  redundancy  of  821 employees.

NGG: 5.7 percent wage increase and a comprehensive benefit package for Coca-Cola workers in Germany

On March 20 2015, the IUF-affiliated Food, Beverages and Catering Union (NGG) and Coca-Cola (CCE) AG have agreed a collective agreement package in the fourth round of negotiations. Nearly 10,000 employees at Germany's largest beverage company will benefit from the new pact, which includes regulations on wages and salaries, working time, part-time and job security.

USA: New Pact for Over 500 Coke Workers in New England

A five year contract for over 500 workers at two Coca-Cola plants in Massachusetts brings pay increases and protects benefits. The IUF-affiliated  Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union(RWDSU) members at the two facilities – in Needham and Waltham, Massachusetts - will see raises anywhere from 3 to 18 percent each year of the contract.  Workers can earn an attendance bonus of $1,675 annually, and a ratification bonus and numerous incentives will bring workers more money.

Brazil: Court verdict in favor of dismissed Coca-Cola distribution workers

In late February 2015, more than 200 workers employed in the distribution of Sorocaba Refreshments, which produces and markets Coca Cola products, were fired during the Carnival holidays. The company sent a notification to the workers while transferring the entire fleet of trucks to a nearby town to outsource the service.

Guatemala: SITRAABASA signed the first agreement with Coca Cola

On February 7, 2015 the Union of Workers of Food and Beverage Atlantis SA (SITRAABASA) celebrated its second anniversary, while its general assembly was held to announce the content of the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed with Coca Cola, and to elect new officials.

IUF Korean affiliates at Coca-Cola mobilize to defend threatened Hong Kong union leaders

IUF affiliates have responded quickly to threats by the Hong Kong government to prosecute independent trade union leaders for their active role in the democracy movement. On January 17, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions general secretary Lee Cheuk-yan was questioned by the police, accused of inciting, convening and participating in unauthorized assemblies (criminal charges with potentially severe sentences) and told he could be prosecuted at any time. Mung Siu-tat, the union's chief executive, will be formally questioned on January 22.

Coca-Cola to eliminate up to 1800 jobs under its cost-cuting drive

The Coca-Cola company(TCCC) plans to cut up to 1,800 jobs across the globe over the coming weeks, as part of a $3 billion cost-cutting drive. Redundancies will be significant at the company's headquarters in Atlanta and global regional offices  where more than 10 percent of corporate staff could lose their jobs, but bottling and distribution divisions will be largely unaffected for now. TCCC has a global work force of more than 130,000 and the company employs nearly 8,900 in Atlanta.
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