IUF | Coca-Cola Workers Network | Monthly : September 2005

Agenda for Next IUF/Coca-Cola Meeting

The IUF is proposing the following draft agenda for the next semi-annual meeting on 4 October 2005 with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.

Your comments and suggestions for additional agenda items are welcome.

Draft Agenda Items

1. Trade Union and Employment Rights Issues
Russia (follow-up)
Philippines (excessive outsourcing)
Guatemala:Worker Rights Abuses at INCASA
Turkey (distributor: Trakya Nakliyat))
Indonesia (supplier: United Can Company)

2. Coca-Cola Human Rights Policy and Strategy Update

3. Burma
Use of Coke-branded apparel made in Burma in Canada (Oceanic Trading Company) and elsewhere

4. Workplace Accountability Process and Structure
ยท Development and use of Audit Results

5. Colombia Update
Progress on proposal and meeting about independent investigation

6 Pakistan:Consequences of possible transfer of ownership/management of Coca-Cola Pakistan to the Turkish bottler Andalou

Possible joint company/union work in Africa and the World AIDS Campaign

8. Update on India Water Issue

9. Date for next meeting

10. Other Business

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.

On 19 August Dale Hauck, President of Local 350 CAW in Edmonton, Alberta and Chairman of the Canadian Soft Drink Workers Council, protested to Coca-Cola Enterprises Canada that its supplier of Coke-branded apparel Oceanic Trading Company Ltd was sourcing from Burma.

On 31 August Coca-Cola Ltd (Canada) agreed to begin a broad review of procedures and policies related to its procurement and indirect suppliers.

The Coca-Cola Ltd. Legal Department is now contacting all novelty suppliers to inform them that from now on the company would not purchase merchandise that contains any component obtained from Myanmar. This action includes contacting Coke supplier Ninth Avenue and requiring that it inform Oceanic Trading Company of this decision.

The IUF congratulates Local 350 CAW and the Canadian Soft Drinks Workers Council for this act of solidarity with the democratic movement of Burma.