Merger of bottlers and the future of employment in Spain and Japan and union rights issues in Guatemala mark the IUF/ Coca-Cola April 2013, Atlanta meeting05-05-2013
Together with the IUF secretariat unions representing Coca-Cola workers in Spain, Japan, Guatemala, Argentina and USA met with senior labour relations management at Coca-Cola's headquarters in Atlanta for the first twice-yearly meetings of 2013.
Progress around occupational health and safety issues and improved labour-management relations at the local bottler in Morocco with the IUF affiliated UMT were welcomed. Nonetheless the IUF Secretariat and the UMT remain focused on union organizing and rights issues for Coca-Cola Morocco operations.
Unite the Union believes that Cola Coca Enterprises is a highly profitable and successful global company and the union will be doing everything in their power to protect jobs.
IUF affiliated NGG concluded a very successful collective bargaining agreement after 11 rounds of negotiations and 2 weeks of nationwide warning strikes at Coca-Cola Germany to stop job cuts. NGG secured employment by ensuring that no forced redundancies to take place for the duration of the collective agreement.
Employees of Coca Cola in the greater Cincinnati area working in the Vending Service Department recently joined Teamsters Local 1199. The employees, 32 in all, repair vending machines and fountain equipment in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area.
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V., the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world, has finalized the acquisition of 51% of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) from The Coca-Cola Company, for an amount of US$688.5 million in an all-cash transaction.
The closing of this transaction will be effective on January 25, 2013.