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European Manifesto for a socially sustainable Coca-Cola system

Across all European bottlers today, Coca-Cola is implementing continued attacks on jobs, work-life balance and workers' rights by making incessant requests for enhanced labor flexibility. This attitude clearly reveals that in spite of the significant financial profits obtained by the Coca-Cola system, job cuts and a general deterioration of employment and working conditions are considered by the company as the sole form of cost reduction. This corporate industrial strategy is already affecting many workers in Europe and it represents the secret non declared formula to obtain the ambitious goals of the announced vision 2020.

GERMANY: Coca-Cola Co admits Lidl dispute

The Coca-Cola Co's German unit has said discount supermarket Lidl is no longer ordering its products in the Western European country after a reported tussle over price.

German media reported in mid January that Lidl, which has 3,330 branches in the country, had started removing Coca-Cola brands from its shelves. Die Welt said the move followed Coca-Cola's refusal to lower its wholesale price after Lidl cut EUR0.10 from a 1.25-litre bottle of brand Coca-Cola.

Spain: Coca-Cola workers facing plant closures and jobs massacre go on strike

Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, a company created from the integration of seven Coca-Cola bottling companies in Spain announced to shut down four of its 11 plants. The bottling plants in the Balearic Islands, Southeastern Alicante, and Northwestern Asturias region and near Madrid will be closed affecting more than 1,200 workers. In the initial reorganization plan presented by the company, almost 750 workers would be dismissed in different ways - some through pre-retirement schemes and more than 500 through a compulsory lay off. 500 employees are likely to be transferred to other plants.

UK: Unions stage a demo over Coca-Cola job cuts in Wakefield

IUF affiliated Unite the Union, UK's largest union, called on the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to rethink its 'rigid' stance on seeking 47 job losses at its new automated warehouse in Kenmore Road.

The job losses are made up of 38 volunteers and 9 compulsory - but Unite says that 10 more workers have come forward for voluntary redundancy with similar skills, so there is no need for all the compulsory redundancies.

European Trade Unions condemn Coca-Cola's aggressive attack on jobs and workers' rights

Please find here the declaration adopted by the EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group on November 23,2013 in Antwerp during its Coca Cola Conference on working time&flexibility within the Coca Cola supply chain in Europe,
condemning Coca-Cola's aggressive attack on jobs and workers' rights in Europe.

Strike at the Coca Cola Enterprises plant in Belgium

Coca-Cola Enterprises plant in GENT (Belgium) is on strike to protest against the unfair dismissal of a 54-year old technician.
 
The spontaneous initiative began with a 2-hour stoppage on October 9 afternoon shift and was continued for additional 2 hours during the night shift and is permanent since October 10 shift.
 

FRANCE: Coca-Cola Entreprise cuts jobs in sales department

The French unit of Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) has confirmed it is significantly cutting the size of its commercial division, but stressed there will be "no compulsory redundancies" after an agreement with employee representatives,CFE CGC(French confederation of management-General Confederation of Executives) was struck.
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