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India overtakes Germany as Coca-Cola's sixth largest market


India has become the sixth largest market for Coca-Cola by volume sales, overtaking Germany as low price points and wider distribution helped the world's largest beverages maker increase sales in the second-most populous country.

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.

Save Jobs, Save the Future: NO to job destruction in Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia!

Workers at Coca-Cola Indonesia's operations in West Java organized a protest action at Coca-Cola Indonesia head office in Jakarta against jobs destruction on February 24 after management refused to engage in negotiations concerning the employment status and rights of over 1,800 contract workers. Instead management responded by unilaterally redefining "core" and "non-core" positions to exclude the vast majority of permanent workers from core positions. In the bottling operations just 7% of workers in production are defined as "core" under the new policy.

INDIA: Authorities move to evict Coca-Cola from 'Land-Grab' Site

The action to evict Coca-Cola comes as the result of an order passed by the local revenue officer, in December 2013 after an official investigation carried out at the insistence of local villagers. The company was also fined Rs.124,590, about US$2,000. The order issued also allows for a police force to accompany the local authorities to evict Coca-Cola. According to recent reports, the eviction is now imminent.

Hong Kong: Swire Beverages workers strike over official recognition

Swire Beverages Employees General Union in Hong Kong staged a strike on October 3. Around two to three hundreds of drivers and helpers of the delivery team went on strike. This industrial action stopped the delivery schedule of more than one hundred cars and distribution of products affecting the customers of the Coca cola Company including McDonalds, Restaurants, Cafes etc. The union estimated that the Coca Cola Company lost nearly 100 million business that day.

There was a three-hour negotiation meeting initially between employer and employees but because it did not reach to any consensus, the union stayed overnight to continue the strike outside the production plant.

Philippines - Coca-Cola's P3 performance based program brings Open sadness for workers

When you open a bottle of Coke, the feeling should be "Open Happiness",but in reality, inside the Coca-Cola is misery of the employee so the slogan changes to "Open Sadness," said June of the San Fernando Coca-Cola Rank and File Union (Sacoru) in Pampanga.

Philippines: Another strike against redundancies and transfers planned

In May over 250 drivers and delivery workers went on strike at the Santa Rosa plant in Laguna. They were protesting against their forced transfer from Coca-Cola Philippines to a 100% owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Philipines, TRCI Red Systems.

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