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Bolivia: Working towards building a national Coca Cola workers union

Roberto Vicente Baigorra Chávez, Secretary General of the Bolivian Embol Bottling Factory Workers Union in Santa Cruz, participated in the extraordinary meeting of FELATRAC (Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers) organized in Buenos Aires. The constitution of an umbrella organization of unions organized in the Bolivian subsidiary of the transnational was the focus of this short interview.

Coca-cola workers in Brazil launch national campaign for better wages and working conditions

The divergent wages paid by the same company in different states and those of different companies in the same state raise concern among beverage workers. The Food Industry Workers' National Confederation of Brazil (CNTA Afins) held a meeting on April 15, 2015 along with other union organizations in Sao Paulo to discuss wage and working conditions in the Coca-cola Company in Brazil.  On April 22, 2015 CNTA Afins announced the meeting's resolution containing a list of demands, such as the establishment of a wage floor equal to or higher than 1425 reais (around US$ 480), which is the highest salary payment for the beverage sector workers in Sao Paulo nowadays. The Coca-Cola Company in Brazil employs around 60 thousand direct workers and 600 thousand indirect workers.

Coca-Cola workers union in Bolivia affiliates with the IUF

Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas SA (Embol), the Coca Cola franchise in Bolivia, has four plants in the districts of La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija and Santa Cruz . Roberto Baigorria , Secretary General of the Union Embol in Santa Cruz, told the IUF Latin America region that out of nearly 900 employees, 400 are unionized and they are looking forward to the affiliation with the IUF and the Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers(FELATRAC).

Unions in North and Western India unite to strengthen bargaining power

Following the success of the South India Coca-Cola Union Forum in 2011, a second regional forum covering North and Western India was launched on July 28. 

Merger of bottlers and the future of employment in Spain and Japan and union rights issues in Guatemala mark the IUF/ Coca-Cola April 2013, Atlanta meeting

Together with the IUF secretariat unions representing Coca-Cola workers in Spain, Japan, Guatemala, Argentina and USA met with senior labour relations management at Coca-Cola's headquarters in Atlanta for the first twice-yearly meetings of 2013.

Progress around occupational health and safety issues and improved labour-management relations at the local bottler in Morocco with the IUF affiliated UMT were welcomed. Nonetheless the IUF Secretariat and the UMT remain focused on union organizing and rights issues for Coca-Cola Morocco operations.

Bolivia: The labor movement boosts the prohibition of outsourcing by law

An interview with Ángel Asturizaga
Bolivia's labor movement is taking an active role in the reforms furthered by the government of President Evo Morales, contributing proposals with the aim of achieving real and significant changes in the working conditions of the country's labor force. One of the most urgent reforms is including an outsourcing prohibition in labor legislation.
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