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US: Strike continues at Coca-Cola Consolidated

Teamsters in Tillmans Corner, Gautier, Mississippi and Robertsdale are still on strike for their pension plan and other issues.

As the strike is ongoing for almost two weeks, workers feel so strong about their retirement that only 6 out of 275 have crossed the picket line.

They are determined not to have their plans for a future after decades of work for Coke having been destroyed by the company.

Watch a video about possible consequences of the companies plan for a workers family:

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US: Teamsters on strike at Coca-Cola Consolidated

July 15. Teamsters in Southwest Alabama and Southeast Missouri went on strike at Coca-Cola Bottlers Consolidated facilities in Tillman's Corner, Robertsdale, Leroy and Vancleave after talks with the employer about a new contract broke down. At stake are first of all benefits for retirees - while workers, represented by Teamsters local 991, demand increased payments into their pension plans, the company wants to replace the current system with a what is know in the US as a 401(k) plan, which would considerably worsen the conditions, especially for veteran workers (A 401k retirement plan is a special type of account funded through pre-tax payroll deductions).

US: Teamsters win contract in Oceanside

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July 13. Teamsters at Coca-Colas warehouse in Oceanside, California, overwhelmingly voted in favour of their first collective bargaining agreement. The agreement brings important improvements in the health care plan. Workers had been on strike for the agreement since July 1 and Teamsters local 683, which represents the workers, reported overwhelming support from the local community.

Coca-Cola hiring freeze in the US

July 11, Reuters reported that Coca-Cola imposed a hiring freeze until the end of 2008.

What are the consequences for workers and the quality of work?

How do you feel the consequences at your workplace?

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Honduras: SABMiller, Pepsico and Coca Cola impose extensive working hours

The Union of Beverage Workers (STIBYS) has started a campaign to complain against and raise awareness about the effects and consequences of the extensive working hours of up to 16 hours per day imposed by SABMiller, Pepsico and Coca Cola. SIREL spoke with the president of the national union board, Carlos Reyes, to get a better understanding of the campaign and its background. Read the interview at the REL-Uita website.

Coca-Cola South Africa Shopstewards Meeting

16 members Coca-Cola National Shopstewards Council adopted an action plan and work programme at its meeting held 4 – 5 July in JohannesburgSouth Africa. The meeting was supported by the IUF.
Among the priority issues in the action plan are:

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