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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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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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GLOBAL: Coca-Cola, use it and toss it. Saving the planet and the workers.

GLOBAL: Coca Cola, úselo y tírelo - Salvando al planeta y a los trabajadores

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Source: Gerardo Iglesias. IUF L/A Regional Secretary

While in Argentina Sprite launched an “environmental” campaign in the beaches of Villa Gesell under the slogan “We’re all environmentalists with the can at hand,” in the United States Coca-Cola announced that what it will be canning is 3.500 employees.

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COLOMBIA: Successful Collective Agreement Signed at Carepa


After a difficult bargaining process between IUF-affiliate SICO and Bebidas y Alimentos de Uraba, Coca Cola franchised bottler, both parties managed to reach an agreement.


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Coca-Cola Releases Audits of Colombia Bottlers

Shortly before its shareholders' meeting, the Coca-Cola Company relased assessments of six Colombia bottling plants conducted by Cal Safety Compliance Corporation (CSCC) for the CCC.

The report claims to have found no serious violations of union rights. However it did identify numerous health and safety problems at the Carepa plant.

The Company also announced that similar assessments will be carried out at Coke bottlers in other countries. The IUF has told CCC that this process will lack credibility without the full involvement of the IUF and its affiliates.

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NEW STANDBY IN PERUVIAN CONFLICT

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Canadian Soft Drink Workers Council

The 2004 annual meeting of the Canadian Soft Drink Workers Council was held in St. John's, Newfoundland, on September 23-24, 2004. Ten local unions at Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottling plants from the CAW, UFCW, NAPE and Teamsters unions were represented at the meeting.

Information about the Council and minutes of the meeting are available from Council Chairperson Dale Hauck of CAW Local 350.

Colombia Forum at Europe Coke Meeting

Among the subjects addressed at the European Coca-Cola meeting in Rome on 11-13 November was the current situation in Colombia. Representatives of Coca-Cola HBC management and of The Coca-Cola Companys management in Europe were present for this part of the meeting.

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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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