Austria: Unions and work council stop full outsourcing of Coca-Cola distribution

March 14, 2009. The Central works council and GMTN trade union were able to stop the full outsourcing of in Coca-Cola HBC Austria distribution, threatening the loss of 260 workplaces, in negotiations with management.

In the talks with employers representatives it was agreed to limit outsourcing to affect only distribution tours to big customers in the countryside. 39 employees are affected, of which about 50% will get a new workplace within the company. 10 colleagues will be working in the new distribution partners without deterioration in terms and conditions. For 9 colleagues, individual early retirement and retirement solutions were found.

During negotiations, the Austrian unionists could make use of information received from colleagues from other EU-countries and countries covered by CC Hellenic, received through the Coca-Cola Global Alliance network at short notice.In a letter to the colleagues Franz Rigler, GMTN trade union secretary wrote:
"These data were very important for our negotiations with CC HBC Austria management… Thank you once more very much for your support!“

The social plan agreed on in 2007 will be extended until 31.12.2015 and will come into force should further restructuring occur. It includes two options – either the doubling of legally foreseen compensation package by the employer and extended periods of notice, or participation in retraining and continued education with a scholarship from the company for up to 4 years in addition to the legally guaranteed compensation package.

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