IUF-affiliated Italian unions negotiate for fewer job losses in restructuring of Coca-Cola Hellenic operations

As part of the restructuring plan, that was announced by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) in Italy, the company is officially closing the Campogalliano (Modena) site in which 57 employees are working in support of the business unit. In addition, the company announced the layoff of another 249 national employees in the commercial area.

In response to the announcement of restructuring plan, the IUF-affiliated unions (Flai-CGIL, FAI-CISL and Uila-Uil) have mobilized and organized a strike for several hours.

In recent years, Coca-Cola in Italy has implemented a continuous process of downsizing that has caused the loss of about 1,000 jobs out of more than 3,000 employees! Coca-Cola Hellenic operates now with 3 factories,1 office, 1 technical area and the retail and employs a total of about 2,100 workers in Italy.

In 2013, the Italian division of Coca-Cola Hellenic has in fact generated more than 70 millions of profit.
A meeting between the management of CCHBC Italy and the trade unions that represent CCHBC workers was held on September 26. An agreement was signed between the unions and CCHBC which was ratified by the workforce on October 1. There will be 89 fewer job losses from the original 249 announced. For 160 redundant positions, there will be incentives for resignation based on voluntary leave.

The IUF-affiliated Italian unions forcefully ask the company to reconsider its business strategies and to engage in constructive dialogue with the unions in order to reach an agreement that will lead to truly sustainable solutions in Europe which would also help the development of employment and income of Coca-Cola workers.