Indonesia: Facing illegal water usage charges Coca-Cola fires worker for providing water to protesting Coca-Cola unionists!

The Indonesian police is probing into a case of alleged illegal water usage by Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia, the soft drink manufacturer and distributor, in Sumedang, in West Java.

Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia (CCBI) is a joint venture company and largely owned by Sydney-based Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) that allegedly continued using water resources from eight locations despite its extraction permits have expired in 2010 and 2011.
The police suspect the company of violating Article 94 of Law 7/2004 on water resources and if found guilty, the company's directors will be held responsible for the offence.

In the meantime Coca-Cola Indonesia terminated a union member, Amin, for providing 57 liters of bottled water to Coca-Cola workers during the recent protest actions against the loss of job security.

Amin has been continuously employed in the human resources department of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia as a contract worker labour hire agency) for 16 years.

He was terminated for moving the boxes of bottled water to the security post at the gate. But he left it there when a regional manager from CCA told the security guards to stop the distribution of the water. Although Amil complied with the instruction and didn't move the water outside the gate he was terminated.

Apparently Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia doesn't hesitate neither to use illegal water for 3 years nor to dismiss a union member due to providing water to Coca-Cola workers in their fight to protect their jobs and futures.


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