Precarious Work, Workplace rights issues discussed by IUF Team and Coca-Cola Global Management

October 7, a team of Coca-Cola union representatives led by IUF General Secretary Ron Oswald met Coca-Cola Director Global Workplace Rights Ed Potter and his team in Atlanta to discuss global labour relations at Coca-Cola, specific cases from countries were abuses were reported, and, in particular, the issue of precarious employment.

South Africa: Coca-Cola Sabco Plans to Retrench 300 More

BEFORE the start of a bleak Christmas season there will be retrenchments at Coca-Cola Sabco plants and units.
Coca-Cola Sabco notified the Food And Allied Workers Union (FAWU) on the 9th October 2008 that they intend to lay off 300 workers across their plants and units throughout South Africa by end of October.

Online-Survey: Will the global financial crisis hit Coke workers?

The global financial crisis hits not only banks. As consumers are worried about their savings and businesses lack access to credit, a global recession is feared, and companies can get into real difficulties..
On the other hand, companies might want to use the current panic to implement cuts in labour cost that they had long been contemplating under the pretext of economic turmoil.
At Coca-Cola, we already see examples of both versions of behaviour.
Will the global crisis impact on workers at Coke in your country? Click Here to take survey

Coca-Cola Workers met in port city of Durban, South Africa

Nearly 600 Coca-Cola System workers met in the port city of Durban in the east coast of South Africa on the 27th September 2008.

Upcoming “Atlanta meeting” to discuss precarious employment in the Coca-Cola system.

The regular biannual meeting between union representatives and Coca-Cola top HR management will take place Oct. 6/7 in Atlanta.
The Union delegation will consist of representatives of trade unions with memberships in key Coca-Cola markets, IUF General secretary and beverage sector coordinator, and IUF regional officials from Asia/Pacific and Europe.
The Agenda includes updates on various topics discussed earlier, in particular, on discussions around an international union rights and recognition agreement (see the agenda of the meeting). One of the major topics, however, will be a discussion on employment, precarious work and outsourcing.

Precarious employment at Coke: Tell us about your country!

During the last months, we have been collecting information on precarious employment in the Coca-Cola system from those affiliates that has been indication a problem with the issue.
However, as research goes on, we are aware that problems exist in other countries as well. We are thus continuing to explore the situation. Affiliates in the Coca-Cola Alliance can report about their situation directly to gisela.neunhoeffer@iuf.org, or fill in the attached survey and send it to the same address.
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Work Stoppages at Coca-Cola in Nepal

Sep. 25, 2008. Work stoppages were called by 5 labour unions in a labour conflict over bonus demands at Bottlers Nepal, in mid-September. Work was disrupted work at Bottlers Nepal’s two factories in Balaju, Kathmandu and Bharatpur in Chitwan district, demanding a hefty bonus for the coming Nepali festival of Dashain. The protest led to a slowdown of production at the two factories.
Bottlers Nepal, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Sabco, employs nearly 500 workers and dominates Nepal’s soft drink market.

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