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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.

Italy: Coca Cola workers are on strike against 279 layoffs

On September 26, 2014 in all the sites of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), there is mobilization against the company's plan that would lead to a reduction of 12 % of the workforce in Italy. The reduction relates to 130 employees in the north, 89 in the central Italy and 60 in the south.

Spain: FITAG and FEAGRA to analyze the new "workforce reduction scheme" proposal of CCIP

On June 13 Spain's High Court ordered the Spanish Coca-Cola Bottler CCIP to reverse its decision to fire 1,190 workers as a result of theirplans to close 4 plants.

Coca-Cola’s PR strategy overlooks the key to its products’ success – workers

Coca-Cola might be focusing its public relations efforts on improving its health and social image in the eyes of consumers. However, on 5 May the press was more interested in the thousands of Coca-Cola workers who stopped work all over Europe to highlight Coca-Cola’s hypocrisy and condemn its recent formula of job cuts and increasingly precarious, outsourced and forcible “flexible” labour, writes Harald Wiedenhofer.

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.
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