Global companies dominate the bottling and distribution of beverages/soft drinks. Restructuring is a constant feature of the sector due to changes in consumer preference, the introduction of sugar taxes and the concentration of power in a few large franchised bottlers through mergers and acquisitions. Factory closures and rising employment insecurity are all too common.

The world’s largest beverage companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, bottle and sell soft drinks, waters, juices and energy drinks. The rise of so-called independent bottlers and the weakening of trade union and human rights due diligence through the companies’ supply chains are undermining workers’ rights.

Against this background, the IUF Global Coca-Cola Workers Alliance, established formally in 2008, and the IUF PepsiCo and Frito Lay Unions Network, founded formally in 2010, provide platforms to build stronger international union organization. Strengthening our power and improving trade union rights are key priorities along with freedom from discrimination, a safe and healthy workplace, direct employment, fair wages, and decent conditions of work and protections throughout the supply chain.

IUF Contact

Burcu Ayan

International Officer: Beverages & Breweries

E: [email protected]

Key Developments

Pepsico: “Snackifying drinks, drinkifying beverages”

18/01/2011

In its recent business strategies, PepsiCo has emphasised it wants to extend its “nutrition” business. The company’s recent acquistion of...

Settlement Ends Long Strike at Mott’s/Dr. Pepper Snapple

15/09/2010

Workers on strike at New York state juice and sauce maker Mott’s ended their nearly four-month strike by voting to...

Profit Indigestion at Dr. Pepper/ RWDSU/UFCW on Strike at Mott’s

17/06/2010

Over three hundred workers at the highly profitable Mott’s plant in Williamson, New York are on strike against deep cuts...

Organizing, Precarious Work Priorities for IUF Coca-Cola Workers Alliance

11/02/2010

The Coca-Cola Workers Alliance, which now includes 56 IUF unions with membership in Coca-Cola, was launched in 2008 to strengthen...

Strike Settlement at South African Coca-Cola Bottler/Talks Set on Contract Labour

11/02/2010

A settlement agreement on February 9 has put an end to the 7-week strike by FAWU at ABI , an...

Coca-Cola Ireland conflict resolved

10/11/2009

On October 29, SIPTU members voted in favor of an agreement with Coca-Cola HBC to resolve the 9-week industrial conflict...

Coca-Cola Hellenic: Workers pay, Shareholders profit from crisis

04/10/2009

Members of the IUF-affiliated SIPTU, which organizes workers at Coca Cola HBC Ireland, have been on strike against the outsourcing...

Working at Lipton Casual-T Episode II: Unilever Pakistan Punishes Rights Activists

30/07/2009

“Our People Vitality programme aims to enhance the personal well-being and effectiveness of our people, through advice on exercise, nutrition...

Pepsico: “Snackifying drinks, drinkifying beverages”

18/01/2011

In its recent business strategies, PepsiCo has emphasised it wants to extend its “nutrition” business. The company’s recent acquistion of...