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IUF and Coca-Cola agreement to request United Nations' ILO to conduct independent investigation of Coca-Cola labour practices in Colombia Posted to the IUF website 02-Mar-2006 Share this article.
The IUF has consistently expressed serious concerns about ongoing labour relations practices in the Coca-Cola system's Colombian operations. Like others, we have supported the call for an independent investigation (rather than a Coca-Cola initiated internal assessment) as the only adequate response to reported serious rights violations. The IUF has now secured agreement with The Coca-Cola Company that both parties shall request the United Nations, through its International Labour Organization (ILO), to conduct such an investigation.
The ILO, as the UN specialized agency responsible for developing and promoting international labour standards, is clearly the appropriate body to investigate the degree to which these internationally-recognized standards are in practice being respected by the Coca-Cola system in Colombia.
The investigation will be in the hands of the ILO. The modalities and the findings of such an investigation will not be influenced by the IUF, The Coca-Cola Company or any part of the Coca-Cola system. Our purpose is to ensure that workers throughout the Coca-Cola system in Colombia can fully exercise the rights which are set out in the United Nations' ILO human and labour rights standards. We anticipate that the results of an ILO investigation will provide a credible basis on which to concretely address any issues that arise from the investigation.
The IUF has requested the ILO to conduct such an independent investigation. Based on the agreement with the company that we reached at our latest meeting on February 28 in Atlanta, we understand Coca-Cola will do the same.