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Management tries to stop 1,800 new sales force workers joining unions, wages a "disinformation" campaign via SMS

In the face of a systematic “disinformation” campaign by management designed to trick 1,800 newly hired sales force workers into thinking they are not eligible for union membership, the IUF-affiliated ACCUP launched a counter-campaign and has started recruiting new members.

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Union celebrates victory as 12 are re-employed

08032008 016_ss.jpg On 10 March the IUF-affiliated Coca-Cola Beverages Staff and Workers' Union, which organizes the company's Karachi bottling plant, celebrated a historic victory in Pakistan.

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"Union-busting by installment" case goes to Supreme Court: 6 years of illegally replacing union members with contract workers

In July 2001 Coca-Cola Philippines management issued an internal memo to all HR managers to freeze all hiring of regular workers. That freeze continues today as literally thousands of 5-month contract workers are rotated through the bottling plants. This practice is now the subject of a Supreme Court Case, with many more cases in the pipeline.

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Cosmos soft drink workers picket Coca-Cola plant

A picket protesting redundancies at Cosmos, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Company Inc. (CCBPI), is underway at its Cebu plant.

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UK: update on the CCE labour dispute (3)

R-U : MISE A JOUR SUR LE CONFLIT DE TRAVAIL CHEZ CCE (3)

RU: CONFLICTO LABORAL EN CCE (3)

The one-day strike scheduled for 16 August at Milton Keynes has been called off following talks between Coca-Cola Enterprises management and the GMB union. Negotiations continue to seek an improved pay offer from the company.
Union-company talks at the Unite-represented Wakefield plant have not yet achieved progress. The 48h strike planned for 22-23 August has been called off following agreement on the terms of reference for an upcoming national level meeting between parties.

UK: update on the CCE labour dispute

R-U : MISE A JOUR SUR LE CONFLIT DE TRAVAIL CHEZ CCE

RU: SITUACCION DEL CONFLICTO LABORAL EN CCE

The UK unions Unite and GMB would like to thank all IUF affiliates that have supported them in their dispute with Coca Cola Enterprises. After the strikes of 26-27 July, Unite and GMB represented workers at the UK CCE plants of Wakefield and Milton Keynes are maintaining an overtime ban and work to rule while talks resumed. A new action is scheduled at the Milton Keynes site on Thursday 16 August and Wakefield will also take further strike action unless CCE makes an acceptable pay offer.

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USA: Teamsters win representation at new CCE Oceanside warehouse

ETATS-UNIS: LE SYNDICAT DES TEAMSTERS OBTIENT LA REPRESENTATION DU NOUVEL ENTREPÔT DE CCE DE OCEANSIDE

E.E. U.U: EL SINDICATO DE LOS TEAMSTERS OBTIENE LA REPRESENTACIÓN AL NUEVO DEPÓSITO DE CCE DE OCEANSIDE


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A majority of the 75 workers at the new CCE Oceanside warehouse in San Diego, California, voted in a NLRB election to be represented by Teamsters Local 683. The new warehouse opened in February 2007 as a non-union facility. Union recognition at Oceanside was one of the issues addressed by the Transatlantic Union Day of Action at CCE operations last 2 April.

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UK: Coverage of the CCE strike

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More than 100 workers joined the picket line setup at the front entrance of Coca-Cola Enterprises Wakefield plant since 7am of yesterday, 26 July. UNITE-Amicus workers were joined today, 27 July, by 140 of their GMB colleagues now picketing CCE's Milton Keynes plant for 24 hours.

AMICUS / UNITE Convener Steven Tattersall, 38, is a technician and has worked at CCE Wakefield for 13 years. ``A lot of these guys have been here since the site opened in 1989. The technicians are just fed up of taking lower than inflation raises.....

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UK: Coca-Cola Workers on Strike

R-U: LES TRAVAILLEURS DE COCA-COLA EN GREVE

R-U: TRABAJADORES DE COCA-COLA EN HUELGA

BRITISCHE COCA-COLA ARBEITNEHMER IM STREIK

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Workers at the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Wakefield plant in the UK walked off the job today to launch a 48-hour strike. CCE workers at Wakefield, organized in the Amicus section of Unite, have been refusing overtime since July 24. A second strike is scheduled for August 13-14. Coca-Cola workers at the CCE Milton Keynes plant, represented by the GMB, plan to join the strike on July 27.

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UK: CCE workers prepare to strike

R-U: LES TRAVAILLEURS DE CCE SE PREPARENT A LA GREVE

RU: LOS TRABAJADORES DE CCE SE PREPARAN A LA HUELGA

Workers at the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Wakefield and Milton Keynes plants in the UK are getting ready for industrial action. In Wakefield, workers and their union Unite (Amicus section) plan to stage two 48-hour strikes on 26-27 July and 13-14 August. Workers will also begin a overtime ban on 24 July. In Milton Keynes, workers represented by the GMB plan to be on strike on 27 July.

To read the latest press release from the Amicus Section of UNITE click here.

To read the latest press release from the GMB click here.

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UK: CCE Wakefield Workers Vote to Strike

R-U : LES TRAVAILLEURS CCE DE WAKEFIELD VOTENT POUR LA GREVE

RU: LOS TRABAJADORES CCE DE WAKEFIELD VOTAN LA HUELGA

On July 6, Coca-Cola Enterprise workers at the Wakefield plant (West Yorkshire) voted to strike over the company's intransigence to move its wage increase offer up from 2,5%. The strike would imply a serie of 24h work stoppages starting on July 16 - unless a breakthough in negotiations occurs - and was voted by 82% of the 517 Wakefield employees. Union officilas reported that the action would have devastating impact on retails supplies in the summer peak season, while CCE officilas claim to have "robust contingency plans" in case of industrial action.

To read the press release from the Amicus Section of UNITE click here.

To read an article in ENGLISH on this issue from The Times Online click here.

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CHILE: largest Embotelladora Andina's union ends 20-day strike

CHILE: EL MAYOR SINDICATO DE EMBOTELLADORA ANDINA ACABA HUELGA DE 20 DIAS Detalles antecedentes aquí.

The largest union representing about 25% of a total 886 workforce at Embotelladora Andina's home plant in Santiago de Chile ended a 20-day legal strike over the renewal of collective agreeement. Union members demanded, among others, a 15% raise in basic wage. Embotelladora Andina, one of Coca-Cola's largest bottlers in Latin America with operations in CHile, Brazil and Argentina, recently posted a 30% increase in net income from last year.

Korea: Unions secure agreement on employment security, CBA succession & trade union recognition as condition of sale

After nearly six months of tough negotiations, mediation, and planned strike action, the three IUF-affiliated unions in the Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Company (CCKBC) succeeded in securing an historic agreement with both CCKBC and CCA that guarantees employment security, trade union recognition and continuity of the terms and conditions of the current collective bargaining agreement.

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BELGIUM: PRODUCTION RESUMES AT CCE WILRIJK (ANTWERPT) SITE

BELGIQUE: LA PRODUCTION REPRENDS A L'ETABLISSEMENT CCE DE WILRIJK (ANVERS)

Production resumed at the CCE site of Wilrijk (Antwerp) after company officials confirmed they would continue to negotiate with the Belgian unions for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement 2007-2008, covering 1,100 Coca-Cola workers in Belgium.

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UK: CCE Workers Receive Ballot Papers for Strike Action on Wage issues

ROYAUME-UNI: LES TRAVAILLEURS DE COCA-COLA RECOIVENT LES FORMULAIRES POUR VOTER LA GREVE

REINO UNIDO: LOS TRABAJADORES DE COCA-COLA RECIBEN LOS FORMULARIOS PARA VOTAR LA HUELGA

Source: Amicus section of UNITE the Union

Workers at Coca Cola Enterprises in Wakefield will receive strike ballot papers today. Coca Cola Enterprises now face the prospect of a series of 24 hour strikes at one of Europe's largest bottling and distribution centres during the height of summer. 95% of workers at the plant have rejected a 2.5% pay offer. The union is also preparing to ballot staff at the Coca Cola plant in Milton Keynes, meaning CCE face the prospect of co-ordinated action.

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Second private equity fund drops out of bidding for Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Co (CCKBC)

A month after the private equity fund CVC Capital Partners withdrew its planned bid to take over Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Co (CCKBC), another private equity consortium - MBK Partners and Woongjin Capital - also withdrew its bid. While the official reason given was a disagreement over price, the public opposition expressed by the IUF-affiliated CCKBC unions was also a likely factor. In an open letter to CCA and a press release issued in both Korea and Australia, the three CCKBC unions declared that they would take industrial action to stop any attempts by private equity funds to enter the bottling plants to assess its value. Any guarantees from a private equity fund were viewed as meaningless since such funds are geared towards piling up debt and imposing business decisions based on a short-term “exit” strategy.

For more information on private equity buyouts, please visit: http://www.buyoutwatch.info

Philippines: ACCUP achieves national recognition, regular consultations to begin in August

On 28 May 2007 the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) met with the national HR Director of Coca-Cola Philippines Bottlers Inc. (CCBPI), Bebe Chavez and the HR managers for each region of the Philippines. It was the first time in the history of ACCUP and in the history of Coca-Cola in the Philippines that recognition was given to unions at a national level. Not only did this meeting establish national recognition of ACCUP, but also set in place regular quarterly meetings that would deal with worker and trade union rights and employment security.

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CCA sale in Korea faces strikes - Australian Financial Review

Australian Financial Review 2 May 2007

Coca-Cola Amatil faces the threat of industrial action against the planned sale of its A$700 million South Korean bottling subsidiary unless unions are consulted and employment conditions protected.

Unions representing about 2000 workers at Coca-Cola Amatil's three South Korean bottling operations say they have been kept in the dark about the sale and are pushing for their collective agreement to be renewed.

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Workers at Coca Cola call off 3-day strike - Financial Times (Colombo)

Financial Times (Colombo) Sunday, April 29, 2007

By Bandula Sirimanna

The three-day strike by 250 workers attached to the Coca Cola International Company in Sri Lanka which paralysed the production of 40,000 cases per day has been called off after negotiations between trade union representatives and the management on Friday, a senior official of the company told The Sunday Times FT. The Inter Company Employees' Union had organized the strike demanding that the management abide by the collective agreement reached between the employers, trade unions of the company and the Employers Federation of Sri Lanka, President of the ICEU branch N. Nissanka said. The workers have not been allowed to enter the Coca Cola factory at Kaduwela by the management and the Biyagama Police riot squad had been deployed near the factory to prevent any unruly incidents although it was a peaceful strike.

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Korea: Unions issue press release warning of industrial action if CCA continues to ignore union demands

Several Korean media agencies have reported on the demands of the IUF-affiliated CCKBC North/Southeast/Southwest unions concerning the possible sale of the Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Company (CCKBC) by Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA). This follows a joint press release by the three unions on the morning of April 27, in which they assert that industrial action will be taken to block access to the plant by potential buyers if CCA management continues to ignore their demands.

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CCHBC must understand, that in Russia as well – Every worker counts!

A 30 % salary increase, reinstatement of the union leader of agency workers of the plant, Sergei Dolgy, compensation for hazardous work conditions as stipulated in the CBA – these are the main demands of the trade union at Coca-Cola in St. Petersburg, about which the union informed the administration in written form on April 12.
In support of its demands, the union will hold a picket on April 20 in front of the factory gates. This comes as a reaction of sharply deteriorated relationship with management in the last months.

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Korea update: Unions issue statement to CCA and CCKBC management warning of industrial action

With complete disregrard for trade union rights, the management of CCKBC ignored union requests for information on the process of selling-off Coca-Cola Amatil's Korean operations and instead issued a letter directly to all union members giving them a partial update on the situation and calling on them not to listen to "rumours". In response, the three IUF-affiliated unions, representing more than 2000 workers in the CCKBC's three bottling plants, warning of possible industrial action.

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Korea: unions warn of industrial action if proposed sell-off proceeds without negotiations

On 17 April the IUF-affiliated unions representing workers in Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Company (CCKBC) wrote to David Gonskient, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), warning of possible industrial action if management continues to make preparations to sell off CCKBC without substantial negotiations with the unions.

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Isdell's "no comment" on union protests at CCE

During the 17 April conference call between The Coca-Cola Company executives and market analysts on first quarter earnings, Matthew Riley from Morningstar asked Neville Isdell about "the labor issues the Coke system seems to be facing in North America." Isdell responded, "Well, the issue is one that is with CCE. We don't want to comment on what our bottlers are doing in terms of a potential labor dispute."

The Coca-Cola Company owns 38% of CCE.

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Tell Coca-Cola "Every Worker Counts": April 2 transatlantic Coke protest day

On April 2 the IUF is coordinating a transatlantic protest day targeting Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), The Coca-Cola Company's largest global bottler.
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Industry news reports on IUF Congress support for union action against CCE

Two industry news items below report on the protest actions organized by the IUF-affiliated Teamsters in the US, including a detailed report on the resolution adopted by the IUF Congress pledging global solidarity for the campaign against CCE's attack on worker and trade union rights and benefits.

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Unions Worldwide Condemn Coke for Cuts in Jobs, Retirement, Health Care - Teamsters

“We thank the unions worldwide who have pledged to stand with us for a fair deal for Coke workers,” said Jack Cipriani, Director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.

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Teamsters Urge NCAA to Drop Coke Sponsorship

Teamsters rallied today at NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games in Chicago; Spokane, Washington and Columbus, Ohio to urge the NCAA to drop key sponsor Coca-Cola. The union cited concerns about Coca-Cola’s destruction of natural resources in developing countries, its worker and human rights abuses in the U.S. and abroad, and the elimination of good-paying U.S. jobs at Coke bottler and distributor Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). Click here to continue reading the press release on the Teamsters website.

URUGUAY – QUICK UNION INTERVENTION AVOIDS LABOUR CONFLICT IN DISTRIBUTION

URUGUAY: RÁPIDA INTERVENCIÓN DEL SINDICATO EVITA CONFLICTO EN EL SECTOR DISTRIBUCIÓN

Source: Amalia Antúnez, IUF L/A

On 30 December 2006, two Coke distribution workers – Mauro Pérez, driver and “Mingo” Ramos, assistant - were fired through a telegram with acknowledgement of receipt. This episode, jointly with other labour issues, unleashed some work stoppages in January 2007. The incepient conflict ended rapidly thanks to the skilful action of the union at the plant.

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Philippines: Workers hired on 5 month contracts, assigned to positions formerly held by "redundant" regular workers

Hundreds of workers hired to replace union members who were falsely declared "redundant" by CCBPI management are only on 5 month contracts and are paid the minimum wage. Every morning they report to the plant and the supervisor from the labour hire agency assigns them to different positions - including positions already included in the scope of CBAs. For this new generation of contract workers the future is grim - trained to perform the jobs of regular workers, they face unemployment after 5 months and are never rehired.

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Philippines: Management fails to ban ACCUP-IUF campaign t-shirts opposing outsourcing & casualization

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Since the launch of a nation-wide campaign against outsourcing & casualisation on 1st May 2006 by the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP), local management at several bottling plants and sales offices have attempted to stop union members and officers from wearing their campaign t-shirts. Despite this, dozens of union officers over 1000 union members continue to wear t-shirts that declare: “Regular Workers are an Endangered Species! Save Jobs, Save the Future! Stop Outsourcing & Contractualization!”

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US: Teamster union renews public protest at CCE job cut plans

Source: IBT

Teamster members leafleted the Powerade Drag Racing Series at the Pomona race track today to protest Coca- Cola Enterprises' (CCE) plans to lay off hundreds of union workers when it opens a non-union distribution facility in Oceanside on February 19. Coke is refusing to allow these dedicated workers to follow their jobs from the existing Teamster plants in San Diego and Los Angeles.
"Coke wants to gut good-paying, middle class, union jobs in Southern California," said Jim Santangelo, President of Joint Council 42 in Covina, California, and Teamsters Vice President. "Coke has forced our members to re- apply for jobs at the Oceanside plant, even when they have been performing the same work previously, sometimes for years. Coke claims its the 'real thing.' But not when it comes to loyalty and fairness."

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US: Teamsters' Union launches protest over Coke's union job elimination plan in Southern California

ETATS-UNIS: LE SYNDICAT DES TEAMSTERS LANCE UNE PROTESTATION CONTRE LE PROGRAMME DE LICENCIEMENTS DE COCA-COLA EN CALIFORNIE DU SUD

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The Teamsters' Unions in the US have launched protests against plans by Coca-Cola Enterprises to axe over 100 jobs in southern California on occasion of an American football match in San Diego. The Teamsters union yesterday (14 January) chartered a plane to fly over the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego with a streaming banner reading: “Powerade Wants San Diego to Lose” – a message referring to CCE’s planned job cuts in the US city and at other bottling and distribution sites in California. CCE is forcing the affected workers to re-apply for their jobs at the company’s new Oceanside site. The plans broke the workers’ “legal right” to transfer, the union said.
“Southern California workers have done their best by this company for decades, and this is no way to reward them,” said Teamsters international vice president Jack Cipriani.

To read the article from the Teamsters' union website, click here.

Pakistan: As international protest escalates, union rejects management claims of "outside interference"

International pressure is growing as more and more unionists join the campaign against union-busting in Pakistan by sending protest messages to The Coca-Cola Company. [Click here to send a protest message!]

Faced with growing international pressure, the General Manager at the Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) bottling plant in Karachi called on the Coca Cola Beverages Staff and Workers Union to end the involvement of "outside organizations" - meaning the IUF.

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Call for International Solidarity Against Vicious Assault on Employment & Trade Union Rights at Coca-Cola Pakistan

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The IUF has launched an international solidarity campaign against the vicious assault on employment and trade union rights by the management of The Coca-Cola Company's subsidiary in Pakistan, Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL).

Read the story on the IUF website by clicking here.

Please also send a protest letter to TCCC to "Stop Union Busting at Coca-Cola Pakistan!" by clicking here .

ACCUP-IUF affiliate CCSUM rallies against outsourcing & casualization

On 30 November, the Coca-Cola Sales Force Union-Meycauyan (CCSUM), a member of the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP), joined thousands of workers in protest rallies to mark Andres Bonifacio Day. The Union used the day to draw attention to the ongoing fight against outsourcing and casualization, as part of a nation-wide campaign launched by ACCUP on May First.

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More Unions Join IUF-affiliated ACCUP as Campaign Against Jobs Destruction Escalates

Three more Coca-Cola workers unions affiliated to the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) this month while another three unions declared support for ACCUP, becoming auxillary members. The new affiliations have added another 653 members, increasing ACCUP's total membership to more than 2,000.

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Pakistan: Union exposes precarious employment as reason for missing stock, rejects attempts to penalize union members

On 7 July 2006, the General Manager at the Coca-Cola plant in Karachi attempted to impose a new system of wage deductions for loss and breakages. This new system not only threatens to reduce the earnings of more than half of the Coca Cola Beverages Staff and Workers Union's 343 members, it constitutes an attack on the Union by the General Manager.

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GERMANY: NGG Wins Major Gains in New Agreement with Coca-Cola

The IUF-affiliated NGG in Germany has secured significant job security guarantees for some 3000 Coca-Cola workers in addition to wage increases, improved old-age provisions and progress on working time. With a package of five agreements the NGG successfully brought to an end an industrial conflict with CCE AG on May 25, 2006.

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GERMANY: Coca-Cola workers hold warning strikes

On April 20 workers awave of warning strikes at Coca-Cola Germany reached its preliminary climax. At virtually all locations in Germany (in over 20 cities) work was stopped for 2-3 hours, the second such action after a first one on April 13.
The industrial action is to support the demands for employment guarantees and higher wages at the company put forward by the German Food Workers Union NGG. The next round of negotiations will take place on April 27.
(From materials of the NGG newsletter).

THE PHILIPPINES: Coca-Cola Unions expose false "redundancies" as unfair labour practice aimed at destroying regular jobs, expanding precarious employment

In the lead-up to May Day, the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) is launching a new challenge to the "creeping redundancies" that have replaced regular employment with outsourcing and contractualization.

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THE PHILIPPINES: ACCUP supports seven legal cases against labour-only contracting, will fight "all the way to the Supreme Court"

On 7 April 2006, the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) declared its support for the seven separate legal cases against "labour-only contracting" filed by five unions since 2000.

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Affiliate of IUF-supported Federation of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Workers wins bargaining mandate at Pakistan's largest bottling plant

On 14 March 2006, the Coca Cola Beverages Staff and Workers Union at Pakistan's largest bottling plant in Karachi won a mandate from a majority of workers to act as the collective bargaining agent for the next 3 years.

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Coca-Cola unions in Pakistan fight for re-opening of plants and job security

Unions at the franchised Coca-Cola bottling operations in Rawalpindi and Peshawar are continuing their fight re-open the plants after the franchise licenses were terminated by Coca-Cola Pakistan. Over 200 union members are without work following the suspension of operations at the Peshawar plant in July 2005 and the Rawalpindi plant on 31 December 2005.

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European Coca Cola workers to demonstrate at CCE headquarters in Paris on 6 February

Over the last two years, CCE restructuring plans have made redundant at least 496 workers in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK. This trend is likely to continue if left unchallenged. Unions representing Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Europe's 8.000 employees are organizing a demonstration on 6 February 2006, outside CCE's Paris headquarters. All restructuring plans were announced by CCE without any prior information and consultation with the competent unions, nor to the EWC. CCE management is trying to bypass the unions by proposing individual packages to workers and trying to obtain agreement to their plans from local works councils.

The demonstration in Paris aims to force CCE management to provide information to the unions in a timely manner, and to respect the unions' demands for genuine negotiations in each country over the restructuring plans and their negative consequences for employees. We have received more than 400 solidarity messages. Thank you for your support!

IUF Talking Points on Coke Boycott

Coke boycott activities continue on many university campuses. Ten U.S. universities and colleges now observe an official boycott of Coke products, as do a number of universities in Ireland and Canada. A major discussion is underway about whether a long-term agreement for Coca-Cola to supply products for UK universities should be renewed.

Two representative global meetings of IUF Coke unions have rejected the calls to boycott Coke, while supporting a policy of continued pressure on the company to respect human rights throughout its global system. However the IUF and its affiliates representing Coke workers are still frequently asked for our position on the boycott. In order to assist affiliates in discussing the Coke boycott with members and other responsible persons, the secretariat has decided to issue an internal statement with talking points for use by affiliates.

Download the IUF talking points here.

Please contact us with questions and comments by using the Comments feature of this web-site.

ACCUP launches comprehensive investigation of jobs destruction, builds national campaign

The Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) has launched a 3-month intensive investigation of jobs destruction and membership decline resulting from outsourcing and casualisation. At the IUF-ACCUP strategy meeting held in Cagayan de Oro in August, preliminary data was compiled.

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Canadian Coke Workers Demonstrate Solidarity with Burma

Coca-Cola Canada has responded positively to a protest message from Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 350 demanding that it stop sourcing Coke-branded garments from Burma.

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ACCUP prepares national campaign against outsourcing & contractualization

From 8 to 10 August 2005, an Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) Council Strategic Meeting was held in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. The Strategic Meeting, organized jointly with IUF-NCCGP and IUF A/P, was attended by 44 participants, including the ACCUP Executive Board and Leadership Council, and union board members and shop stewards from the sales force union in Cagayan de Oro.

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Hong Kong Affiliate Reverses Casualisation

The IUF-affiliated Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union, representing 350 workers at Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong (SCCHK), recently won permanent status for 130 casual workers.

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Picket at St. Petersburg Coke Plant

At Saint Petersburg, Russia, Coca-Cola workers picket their plant, demanding an end to harassment of the union and an increase in wages

On May 20, workers of the Saint Petersburg Coca-Cola plant, supported by unions from other food factories in the city, held a picket at their factory's gates.

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Coke Shareholders Resolution on Independent Inquiry in Colombia

The Annual Meeting of shareholders of The Coca-Cola Company will take place in Wilmington, Delaware, USA on 19 April.

One resolution that must be voted upon comes from the Retirement Systems of the New York City Employees and the New York City Teachers. This resolution proposes an independent inquiry into the allegations of human rights abuses by Coke bottlers in Colombia.

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HIV/AIDS Issue at IUF/Coke Meeting

The agenda of the IUF/Coca-Cola meeting on 15 March included an update and discussion on the company's HIV/AIDS Programmes in Africa.

Two items are worth commenting. The spokesperson for the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation noted that the "take-up rate" for Coke's programmes in Africa was lower than expected. Apparently some HIV-positive Coke employees are still afraid of losing their jobs if they acknowledge their disease. The IUF pointed out that if IUF affiliates representing Coke workers in Africa participated more fully in the implementation of these programmes, these fears could be eliminated.

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Union-busting in Pakistan: Management refuses to allow union president to re-enter plant despite Labour Court and High Court rulings

For the past 3 years the management of Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd. (owned by CCC), has tried to bust the Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd (CCBPL) Employees Union at its Rahimyar Khan bottling plant: dismissing the union president, Khalid Pervaiz, on false charges; and filing a series of legal petitions to have the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) status of the union cancelled and declared illegal.

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Coke Union Victories in Latin America

Good news in two disputes with Coke in Latin America. Coca-Cola Femsa has reinstated three Nicaraguan union leaders fired on 3 August. In Peru a 15-day strike ended with winning a satisfactory one-year CBA, including wage increases and improvements in union rights clause.

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