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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.

To read more about this issue click here.

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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US-UK: Coca-Cola may buy Snapple tea brand from Cadbury Scwheppes

Coca-Cola may be seriously looking into buying Snapple (cold flavored teas) and Mott's (leader in apple and cranberry juices) from Cadbury Schweppes. Coke is interested in expanding its non-carbonated drinks portfolio further after it paid 4,1 bn USD for its largest acquisition ever of Glacéau, market leader of enhanced waters and functional drinks in the US. Cadbury is under strong investors pressure to split its confectionary and drinks business. Coca-Cola competes with a number of private equity groups including a rumoured alliance between Indian Tata Group and private equity Blackstone.

To read an article about this issue in ENGLISH click here.

Pour lire un article sur ce sujet en FRANCAIS cliquez ici.

CANADA: CAW Local 973 Ratifies improved collective agreement

CANADA: LA SECTION LOCALE 973 TCA RATIFIE UN ACCORD AMELIORE'
Source: CAW

The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 973 members in Brampton, Ontario have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Coca-Cola, with an approval rate of 100 per cent among skilled trades workers and 76 per cent for the general membership. In this new agreement, the members will have wage parity in every job classification with Coca-Cola workers at the Thorncliffe and Weston, Ontario locations, along with gains in wages, pensions and benefits.

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BELGIUM: Blue collar unions win 8,3% wage increase in new agreement

BELGIQUE : LES SYNDICATS OBTIENNENT UNE AUGMENTATION SALARIALE DU 8,3% DANS LE NOUVEAU ACCORD lisez les antécédents ici.

BELGICA: LOS SINDICATOS GANAN UN AUMENTO DE PAGO DE 8,3% EN EL NUEVO ACUERDO

After a serie of wild strikes that broke Coca-Cola Enterprises intransigence and brought its management back to the negotiating table (read background here), the Belgian unions secured an 8,3% wage increase (as opposed to management offer of 6.5%) for the period 2007-2008. The rise covers inflation levels for the period and will be paid on 1 January, 2008. The new agreement also includes complementary health benefits for all blue collar workers.

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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CCE: while 3,500 jobs are to go executives get "discretionary cash awards"

CCE : alors que 3.500 postes sont supprimés les cadres obtiennent des primes 'extraordinaires'

Coca-Cola Enterprises will pay seven top executives $3.6 million in "discretionary cash awards" to replace bonuses they missed after failing to hit performance targets. The awards, granted Feb. 8, were disclosed in a federal filing Wednesday, just a day after Chief Executive John Brock announced the bottler will cut 3,500 employees in the next two years. Brock, 58, will receive a cash award of about $1 million, according to the filing. His annual salary is about $1.1 million.

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Israel: Coca Cola fires 50 workers at Bnei Brak plant

ISRAEL: Coca cola licencie 50 travailleurs de l'usine de Bnei Brak

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Source: Israel Money and www.globes.co.il

The Coca Cola fired 50 employees of its 2,700 employees, mostly production workers. Most of the workers fired were from the company's factory in the city of Bnei Brak and the rest were from the company's distribution department. Coca Cola said that the dismissal was carried out because of small technological and managerial changes, in spite of the fact that the company was profitable and its financial situation was stable.
Histadrut Ramat Gan region chairman Avi Galili, who signed the agreement for the lay-offs, said that only 12 of the employees were included in the collective labor agreement between the company and the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel). He said the other employees were hired under personal contracts, or were seasonal workers.

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ANALYSIS: CCE pays heavy price for Coke’s lack of imagination

ANALYSE : CCE paye un prix lourd du à la manque d'imagination de Coca-Cola

Source: Annette Farr

The announcement of major restructuring and 3,500 job losses at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says as much about The Coca-Cola Company as it does about its largest bottler. Annette Farr examines the underlying reasons behind CCE’s current malaise and suggests it is Coca-Cola’s failure to keep pace with rival PepsiCo in product innovation that has been the bottler’s prime problem.

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US/EUROPE: CCE to axe 3,500 jobs

Etats-Unis/Europe: Coca-Cola Enterprises va supprimer 3.500 emplois

EUROPA/EEUU: Coca-Cola Enterprises planea 3.500 despidos en Norteamerica y Europa

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Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) chief executive John Brock has revealed that the “majority” of the company’s planned 3,500 job cuts will be in North America out of its 74,000 workforce. Brock was speaking as the world’s largest bottler of Coca-Cola_Co. products outlined a restructuring programme designed to boost its business in North America and Europe.
“The majority (of the job cuts) will be in North America. There will be some at our corporate headquarters here in Atlanta and some in Europe,” Brock said.The restructuring is expected to cost CCE about US$300m in restructuring charges over the next two years. CCE sells around 80% of The Coca-Cola Co.’s bottle and can volume in North America and is the sole licensed bottler for Coca-Cola’s products in France, the UK, Holland and the Benelux.

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