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Outsourced workers fight for regularization, join ACCUP-IUF

Today 40 workers who’ve worked for Coca-Cola Philippines for up to 15 years through a fake third-party contractor have escalated their fight for direct, regular employment by joining a union in the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP).

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Philippines: Supreme Court decision boosts legal cases against CCBPI's illegal dismissal of more than 900 union members

Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc (CCBPI) had denied the right to regular employment to seven workers and their subsequent dismissal was deemed illegal. This has set a crucial precedent for 14 separate legal cases filed by unions affiliated to the IUF. Together these cases cover the illegal dismissal of more than 900 union members.

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Isdell's false multiplier effect: "jobs creation" in the Philippines = regular jobs destruction, rise in precarious employment

The CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, Neville Isdell, was recently in the Philippines, marking the 100% takeover of Coca-Cola Botllers Philippines Inc (CCBPI) from San Miguel Corporatin. Disregarding the concerns of unions raised over the past 3 months, while promising TCCC's "commitment" to the Philippines, Isdell has once again ignored the consequences of the dramatic rise in precarious employment throughout Coca-Cola operations. In fact in an interview with the local media service ABS-CBN, Isdell claims that 10 jobs are created for every one new Coca-Cola job. But the reality is that the are no new regular jobs created, only precarious jobs. The new management of CCBPI has in fact launched the hiring of 1,000 people as "account developers" whose task it is to INCREASE outsourcing and third-party distribution and - most important of all - these are temporary NON-UNION jobs!

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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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Pakistan: Management forces through jobs-destroying outsourcing plan, union membership cut by half

On Saturday 9 December the management at the Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) bottling plant in Karachi launched an aggressive attack on trade union rights and employment security by terminating 153 out of 291 union members and outsourcing their jobs. Termination letters were sent by courier to the homes of 153 union members, bypassing any collective bargaining process and completely disregarding the union.

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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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Pakistan: Union beats back outsourcing plan

When management at the Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd (CCBPL) plant in Karachi announced that the maintenance and transportation departments will be outsourced, the Coca Cola Beverages Staff and Workers Union strongly opposed the plan. The Union's defence of employment security and trade union rights finally forced management to drop the plan.

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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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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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Coca-Cola unions in the Philippines sign historic agreement on unity & solidarity

On 21 January 2006, an historic agreement was signed between the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) and the Consolidation of All Independent Labour Unions (CAILU) under which Coca-Cola unions across the country will launch a national campaign against job losses resulting from forced early retirement, outsoucing and contractualization.

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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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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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Manila Sales Force Union Fights Casualisation & Outsourcing

On 19 June 2005, Coca Cola Sales Force Union-Meycauyan held its union congress at the Meycauyan sales & distribution centre in Manila (which supplies 70% of all consumed C-C products in Manila area). Immediately after their Congress they held up a banner in the company grounds that reads: "No to CDS (Contract DElivery System), GTM (Going To Market), TRD (Third Party Delivery)".

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GTM Strategy: Example of Outsourcing & Contractualisation

Attached is a copy of a company bulletin announcing the success & continued expansion of GTM (Going-To-Market) strategy for third party outsourcing of sales & distribution at Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines.

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Hong Kong Coke Union Wins More Permanent Employees

The Swire Beverages (HK) Employees General Union has successfully negotiated with Swire Beverages HK Ltd and Coca Cola HK Ltd to change 130 casual workers to permanent status effective December 2004.

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Closing the Casualisation Gap (part I)

Closing the casualisation gap throughout the Coca-Cola system is one of the major challenges faced by unions in the region. This involves some basic steps that often seem unimportant, but in the end could bring success.

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Move to regularise 100% casual plant in West Bengal, India

The company-owned Hindustan Coca-Cola plant was opened in Raninagar, West Bengal about 3 years ago. It employs 370 workers, ALL of them on casual, non-permanent contracts.

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