International delegation brings IUF Coca-Cola Zero Rights campaign to Coke unions across Canada
An international union delegation including Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Arifiyanto, the victimized leaders of independent unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, is currently meeting with IUF affiliates representing Coca-Cola workers in Canada. The delegation is travelling on behalf of affiliates struggling to access their rights at Coca-Cola in the Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Ireland and Spain, spreading the word about The Coca-Cola company's serial human rights violations. The solidarity tour of Canada follows on international IUF protests in Atlanta and meetings of an international delegation with unions at Coca-Cola in the USA.
IUF affiliates UFCW and UNIFOR hosted the delegation in Toronto, which met with UFCW Local 175 that represents Coca-Cola workers, visited UNIFOR leaders in Toronto and was welcomed by UNIFOR members in the Brampton Coca-Cola plant.
Both unions pledged ongoing support to the workers' struggles in these five countries and to IUF members throughout the Coca-Cola system struggling for their rights.
The delegation is scheduled to end its solidarity tour of Canada at the annual meeting of the Canadian Soft Drink Workers Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where they will meet union representatives from Coca-Cola plants throughout Canada.