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Union network launched to tackle organizing, worker rights at PepsiCo

9 December 2010 blog
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November 30/December 1, a core group of IUF affiliates met for a first global PepsiCo Unions strategy meeting.

PepsiCo acquires major Russian dairy and juice producer

6 December 2010 blog

December 2, PepsiCo announced another major acquisition in Russia – namely, dairy and juice producer Wimm-Bill-Dann (WBD).

PepsiCo is acquiring a 66% stake for 3,8 billion USD, subject to regulatory approval, and announced plans to buy the remaining stocks in the future, This follows the acquisition in 2008 of Lebedyansky, another major juice producer in the country.

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Pepsico Moscow workers have organised into a union

4 October 2010 blog
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On 8 September 2010, workers of one of the production sites of LLC PepsiCo Holdings in the town of Domodedovo, Moscow region, founded a trade union organization which joined the Agro-industrial workers’ trade union of Moscow and thus became an IUF affiliate.

Members of the trade union said it was management’s standard answer to any question related to labor issues or conditions of work that motivated them to organise – “If you do not like it – you can leave”! The workers are convinced: they have legal rights and those rights should be well defended.

South Africa: Simba workers hold General meeting, denounce labour brokers

28 September 2010 blog
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Workers of Simba, a South African subsidiary of PepsiCo International producing chips and other snacks, meet at East Cape Training Centre's campus in Port Elizabeth on the 25th September 2010 for their annual general meeting.

130 delegates representing members from all corners of the Republic of South Africa, from Cape Town to Isando and from Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria converged, to assess the impact of the Union’s bargaining and organising strategies as well as its campaign work.

Honduras: In preparation to negotiations, dirty games by Cabcorp

18 August 2010 blog
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IUF-affiliate STIBYS is in the process of preparing collective bargaining with the Pepsi bottler in Honduras, La Reyna (part of Guatemalan Cabcorp).

Polish Food workers discuss organising, casualisation

2 June 2010 blog
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Food and beverage workers organised in Polish IUF-affiliate  Solidarnosc discussed organising strategies  May 26-28 in Lodz, Poland. Workers representatives from a number of TNCs and Polish owned companies including Frito-Lay (Pepsico), Coca-Cola, Bahlsen, Mars, Cadbury, and Odra developed communication and planning capacities to grow union strength.

In the discussions, the rampant casualisation of the workforce, in some cases up to 50% of the workforce, was identified as one of the main obstacles to building union strength and serious violation of workers right to organise.

Pepsi Simba shop stewards in South Africa discuss national recognition, casualisation

30 March 2010 blog
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During a training workshop March 17-19, held by IUF and its affiliate FAWU in Johannesburg, South Africa, shop stewards from Pepsico Simba factories and sales & distribution locations discussed their future cooperation as well as questions of national recognition and the extent of the use of labour brokers workers in SIMBA operations.

Pepsico makes progress on bottler acquision against mixed 2009 results

26 February 2010 blog
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According to media sources, PepsiCo has completed the  next step on the way to take full control of its two biggest bottlers, PepsiAmericas and Pepsi Bottling Group.

Breaking the myth: We are not alone!

12 January 2010 blog

Pepsico is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with operations in about 200 countries.

Yet so far,Pepsico workers,when organizing into unions, mainly stay isolated within their countries, and sometimes are confronted with one of the most common anti-union myths – that they are the only ones so audacious as to join into a union in Pepsico. But we know that there are tens of thousands of Pepsico workers organised into trade union already.

In a global company, we should be globally united as workers, as well!

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Join the international Pepsi workers network!

29 October 2009 blog
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The IUF is working on creating an international Pepsico Workers network to exchange information, build cooperation and strengthen unions in  one of the most important food and beverage companies, Pepsico, producing and distributing soft drinks and snacks under  a number of global brands such as Pepsi, Frito Lay, Walker's, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, 7up, Tropicana, Aquafina,  Quaker,and others.

IUF affiliates interested in linking up to the network can contact the Pepsi network coordinator.

Pepsi workers, Unions staff and other parties interested in the network can subscribe to our Pepsico workers mailing list.

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