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.

A meeting between the management of Coca Cola HBC Italy and the trade unions that represent Coca-Cola HBC workers will be held on September 26 at Assolombarda.  The restructuring plan that was launched by Coca Cola HBC on July 15 which concerns 279 workers out of a total workforce of 2112 employees (almost 12% of the workforce) will be the focal agenda item of the meeting. The news was announced in a statement made jointly by Flai-CGIL, Fai-CISL and Uila-Uil.

The unions have called the employees of the company for a national strike of eight hours for September 26. The unions accuse the company of failing to provide a detailed business plan that includes appropriate responses on keeping employment levels, reducing the number of redundancies and the use of other social safety nets.

The situation is particularly delicate in Liguria, where there are 45 employees of Coca Cola HBC whom are engaged in the commercial segment, which is affected by corporate decisions. Regional structures of Flai, Fai and Uila in Liguria know that in recent years the company has already significantly reduced the number of staff and workers and as a result now faces insufficient resources to cover all sales on the territory, both in supermarkets and in retail distribution.