Cola-Cola violates workers’ rights worldwide


This 5 March 2019 video says about itself:

Mexican Coca-Cola workers along US border on strike over wages

In Mexico, as the country’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador begins to turn campaign promises into law, the regions where he’s implementing policy are finding that ideology and reality take time and effort to match. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports from the U.S. border with Mexico.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Cola-Cola continues to violate the rights of workers throughout the world

16th November 2019

COCA-COLA continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the US.

In Haiti, Coke’s bottler La Brasserie de la Couronne continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union, SYTBRACOUR.

Haiti is a dangerous place to live and to work. Companies should, at a minimum, be alert to this situation and exercise maximum due diligence. In July 2019, a Coca-Cola truck driver was shot dead in his vehicle while at work.

The Coca-Cola Company has made no meaningful independent investigation of this killing, choosing instead to rely on a version of events provided by their local bottler, which sought to shift the blame onto the driver.

Subsequent investigations into this case have exonerated the driver and exposed a callous disregard for the truth on the part of the Coca-Cola bottler and The Coca-Cola Company.

In Indonesia, Coca-Cola bottler Amatil pursues its long-running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.

In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company closed two of its directly owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionised, and shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses to engage in collective bargaining with the SIPTU trade union.

Coke’s rejection of collective bargaining rights flies in the face of an Irish Labour Court recommendation that SIPTU should be able to ‘engage with the company to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment on behalf of its members’.

Coke management in Ballina refuses to accept this recommendation to recognise the union’s collective bargaining rights.

In the US, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England spent more than 330,000 US dollars hiring a union-busting consultancy firm to persuade workers at its Greenfield bottling plant not to join the RWDSU/UFCW.

According to The Coca-Cola Company’s human rights report 2016-2017: ‘At The Coca-Cola Company, we respect our employees’ right to join, form, or not join a labour union without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.’

Publicly available Bennett Law Firm documents describe how this works in practice: ‘We represented management at employee meetings with the objective of persuading subject group of employees at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England in Greenfield, Massachusetts to remain union-free.’

The Coca-Cola Company will only act to remedy these multiple human rights violations when it feels that the brand name is threatened by public exposure of its record.

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