Unions in North and Western India unite to strengthen bargaining power

Following the success of the South India Coca-Cola Union Forum in 2011, a second regional forum covering North and Western India was launched on July 28. 
The Coca-Cola North and Western Zone Union Forum was inaugurated in Bhopal by unions from eight Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) bottling plants in Nashik, Khurda, Jaipur, Jammu, Dasna, Nazimabad, Varanasi and Bhopal.
HCCB is 100% owned by The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). 
Unions from additional four HCCB bottling plants (Jabalpur, Pune, Faizabad and Barabanki) will also join the Coca-Cola North and Western Zone Union Forum bringing the total number of unions to 12, representing over 1,350 members.
The Forum aims to better coordinate collective bargaining to secure improvements in collective agreements and standardise wages and working conditions upward (rolling back the downward push by HCCB management.) 
Nest Coca-Cola North and Western Zone Union Forum will next focus on tackling precarious employment, with up to 75% of workers employed under precarious arrangements (fixed-term contract and labour hire agencies) in some plants.