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.

Coca-Cola’s plastic soup problem


This 20 September 2019 German TV video says about itself:

Coca-Cola’s plastic secrets | DW Documentary

By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Ten tons of plastic are produced every second. Sooner or later, a tenth of that will end up in the oceans. Coca-Cola says it wants to do something about it – but does it really?

In January 2018, Coca-Cola made an ambitious announcement: The brand, which sells 120 billion plastic bottles every year, promised a “world without waste” by 2030. But filmmaker Sandrine Rigaud was skeptical about this ostensibly noble resolution. In Tanzania, for example, far from the company’s American headquarters, a different picture emerges. Here everyone waits for red-and-white buses and walks by red-and-white walls, and the children play with red-and-white equipment in the playgrounds. The Coca-Cola logo is ubiquitous. But what is even more worrying is that history is repeating itself here. As it did 50 years ago in the United States, Coca-Cola has been continuously replacing glass bottles with plastic ones since 2013. Coca-Cola Vice President Michael Goltzman tries to play down the problem, saying it’s not the plastic bottles themselves that are the problem, but the lack of suitable infrastructure in Tanzania.

European Union sponsored by Coca-Cola, other corporations


This is a December 2018 Dutch Foodwatch video. It was recorded at the Efteling fairy tale theme park in the Netherlands, mostly visited by children. The video protests against the Coca-Cola sponsorship of the Efteling; while the sugar in Coca-Cola causes obesity in children.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

There is commotion in Brussels about the fact that Coca-Cola is sponsoring European Union president Romania, just as the EU talks about new food guidelines and possible sugar levies for soft drink manufacturers.

The Dutch Socialist Party has asked questions to the European Commission. The party wants to know how much influence a sponsor can exert on the policy and whether there are clear rules about it.

The EU correspondent of the German channel ZDF posted photos on Twitter of the space where EU foreign ministers meet.

That Coca-Cola and other large corporations sponsor the EU president is not new. Countries that chair the European Union (which rotates every six months) often seek partners to pay for their presidency. Romania, now President of the Council, receives, in addition to support from Coca-Cola, also money from Renault and Mercedes.

Action group Foodwatch started the discussion about the sponsorship by Coca-Cola. “That politics is directly and unabashedly sponsored by such food giants is too absurd for words.”

Foodwatch has started a petition to immediately terminate the cooperation between Romania and Coca-Cola. The action group also called on President Tusk of the European Council for a sponsorship policy with clear rules for future presidencies. Politics discuss topics in which Coca-Cola has a clear interest, according to Foodwatch.

Dutch presidency

The Netherlands also received sponsor money during its 2016 presidency. Ziggo, AkzoNobel, Philips and Heineken NL were then the corporate paymasters.

At the time, sponsor proposals had to generate a minimum of 5000 euros. It was for paying additional costs for the Netherlands. The money was spent on conferences and hotel stays for delegations from abroad.

In 2004, the Netherlands also tried to collect sponsor money, but then there was no interest from the business community. All costs just had to be paid by the government.

Coca-Cola’s bottler in Haiti systematically denies workers’ rights: here.

Industry sponsorship of public health research has received increasing scrutiny, and, as a result, many multinational corporations (MNCs), such as The Coca-Cola Company and Mars Inc., have committed to transparency with regard to what they fund, and the findings of funded research. However, these MNCs often fund charities, both national and international, which then support research and promote industry-favourable policy positions to leaders. We explore whether one industry funded charity, the International Life Sciences Institute (‘ILSI’), is the scientifically objective, non-lobby, internationally-credible body that it suggests it is, so as to aid the international health and scientific communities to judge ILSI’s outputs: here.

Coca-Cola gets award for misguiding consumers


This 4 December 2018 German video is about awarding Coca-Cola the 2018 ‘prize’ for misguiding consumers.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Smartwater by Coca-Cola will receive the Golden Shel-less Egg award for the most misleading product this year. The award is an initiative of the Foodwatch action group.

Foodwatch notes that the consumers in the election this year have not opted for classic deception, but for marketing talk. “In fact, it is just very expensive water, which is up to five times more expensive than other mineral water in the supermarket. When you compare it with tap water, it is roughly a thousand times more expensive and just as healthy”, says the organization. …

Eight nominees

This year, eight products were nominated for the Golden Shel-less Egg. 12,000 votes have been cast. 30 percent of the votes went to the winner, Coca-Cola Smartwater.

In second place was Venco Honey Licorice. According to Foodwatch, this licorice contains 150 times more sugar than honey. The third place is for Cullinella olive oil from Aldi. According to Foodwatch’s findings, only 21 percent of this is olive.

Aldi has since announced that the product is being modified. Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Vomar have also announced that they will adjust their own products that have been nominated.

Companies watch their steps

Foodwatch is pleased that the products are being adjusted and says that there is also a preventive effect by nominations. “Corporations do not want to be nominated and certainly they do not want to win, which is why they start watching their steps on the misleading information about products.”

Coca-Cola plastic greenwashing


This Greenpeace UK video says about itself:

Coca-Cola – Stop choking our oceans

12 May 2017

Coca-Cola make over 100 billions throwaway plastic bottles every year.

90% of seabirds have eaten plastic. Coke need to take responsibility and stop choking our oceans.

Email Coke’s CEO: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Coke recycle plans more flat than fizz

Thursday 13th July 2017

PLANS by Coca-Cola to make half of all its plastic drink bottles from recyclables was branded more “flat” than “fizz” by green campaigners yesterday.

The soft drinks giant said it would double the proportion of recycled plastic in all 20 of its bottled brands, which include Sprite, Fanta, Smartwater and Schweppes, from 25 per cent to half.

However, environmental campaign group Greenpeace poured cold water on the announcement.

Ocean plastics campaigner Louise Edge said: “Coke want us to think this announcement is full of fizz, but when you look at the detail, it’s pretty flat.

“They’re doing nothing to genuinely challenge the culture of throwaway single-use plastic bottles and what little action they’re taking is restricted to Britain, when ocean plastic is a global issue.

“Coke are still part of the problem, not part of the solution. They should be pushing for an industry-wide deposit return scheme so far fewer plastic bottles end up in our oceans.

“This company has a history of making green announcements that sound good but deliver little.”

On August 10 [2018], workers at four Coca-Cola United bottling facilities in the Mobile, Alabama area went on strike after the company offered them a contract that included increased insurance rates, a two-percent pay raise for existing employees, and a pay cut for new employees. The previous contract with Teamsters Local 991, covering 275 workers, expired in July and the workers had been on the job for three weeks after that on an extension when the new contract was offered: here.

Coca-Cola stops propaganda for Hitler’s Third Reich


This video says about itself:

Coca-Cola Death Squads in Guatemala

15 September 2010

Union attorney Marta Torres describes Coca-Cola‘s presence in Guatemala as a “symbol of oppression, of exploitation, and of disrespect for human rights and human dignity.”

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

In video, Coca Cola recalls ‘good old times’ of Nazi rule in Germany

Following criticism, the company pulls the Fanta 75th anniversary video.

By Ofer Aderet | Feb. 28, 2015 | 2:34 AM

Coca Cola was forced to remove a promotional video from the Web Friday following criticism that it was praising Nazi rule of Germany.

The company released the video to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company’s orange soda Fanta, which was developed by Coca Cola in Nazi Germany during the 1940s as an alternative to the company’s cola drink.

“75 years ago, resources for our beloved Coke in Germany were scarce,” the video explained the reasons that lead the company to develop the drink. “To celebrate Fanta, we want to give you the feeling of the good old times back,” the video went on, neglecting to mention that these “good old times” were the days of World War II and the Holocaust, in which millions perished.

Following an uproar on the Internet, the company pulled the video and uploaded an edited version without a reference to the “good old times.” The original video was saved and uploaded to Vimeo.

Coca-Cola says its drinks don’t cause obesity. Science says otherwise: here.

A recent study that said Diet Coke can help you lose weight was quietly funded by Coca-Cola. The companies fund the ILSI Europe institute, a food and drink industry-backed research consortium: here.

What to do when you find $55 million of cocaine in a Coca-Cola factory.

This video from the USA says about itself:

1 April 2016

The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis. German historian shows how news agency retained access in 1930s by promising not to undermine strength of Hitler regime: here.

Coke Hopes No One Notices All The Plastic Bottles Floating In The Ocean. The company says it’s committed to recycling, but a new Greenpeace report says that’s not enough: here.

Coca-Cola kills Australian seabirds


Coca-Cola has not only links to death squads in Colombia … its plastic bottles kill seabirds.

This video from Australia says about itself:

May 5, 2013

Coca-Cola is blocking a recycling scheme. Take action, http://bit.ly/stoptrashingaus_yt, ask your MP to support a national ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme.

The Huffington Post in the USA writes about this:

Greenpeace Coke Ad Targets Plastic, Industry Practices That Harm Sea Birds

Posted: 05/15/2013 4:48 pm EDT

A shocking new ad released by Greenpeace is targeting the beverage industry and the harmful impact its plastic bottles have on sea birds.

The environmental group is trying to raise money to place the 45-second ad on-air after Coca-Cola fought a recycling program in Australia because the beverage giant said it was bad for business. The company later won the case, ending a container-deposit program that had doubled recycling rates in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Sea birds often mistake shiny plastic floating in the ocean for food, which then fills their stomachs and can lead to starvation and death, according to the International Bird Rescue.

Photographer Chris Jordan has released some troubling images of albatross remains stuffed full of brightly colored plastics as part of an ongoing project to document the impact of trash on sea bird populations.

Coca-Cola is telling your waiter NOT to serve tap water: here.

London Olympics, corporate games?


This video from Canada says about itself:

The Drink of the Death Squads

Choir performance at a transit station in Vancouver of a song by David Rovics, in front of Coke [Coca-Cola] advertising, just before transit police arrive.

Coke is an official sponsor of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver beginning Feb. 12.

By Tony Patey in Britain:

Games chiefs query fast food sponsors

Monday 09 July 2012

The fast and loose sponsorship of the Olympics – driven by bank balance rather than suitability – has come under fire from Games chiefs themselves, it emerged today.

Fast-food giant McDonald’s and fizzy drink colossus Coca-Cola have both faced challenges at the highest level over their sponsorship given a growing obesity epidemic.

President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge said mounting financial demands linked to the event made it hard to protect core Olympic values – including healthy living.

In an interview with the Financial Times he said the Games had come under fire from health groups and there had been a “question mark” over McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.

Mr Rogge said organisers had said to the companies: “Listen, there is an issue in terms of the growing trend on obesity, what are you going to do about that?”

He said despite the introduction of healthier menu options and zero-calorie drinks the renewal of the sponsorship deals until 2020 earlier this year was “not an easy decision.”

And Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has condemned the choice of official beer sponsor as based “on the size of Heineken‘s cheque book” rather than the Dutch brewer’s suitability.

McDonald’s – whose four restaurants in the park will include its biggest ever with 1,500 seats – will have the monopoly on brand-name foods at the Games and Coke has exclusive right to sell non-alcoholic drinks.

War on Want senior economic justice campaigns officer Murray Worthy said: “The IOC and London organisers may have held long discussions about some sponsors, but their decisions to accept money from notorious companies betray the Games’ values of human achievement, fair play and respect.

“The Olympics have degenerated into a multi billion-dollar scramble by multinational corporations to associate their brands with the Games spirit.

“If the Games organisers were serious about upholding Olympic values, companies with appalling records on workers’ rights violations, such as Adidas, would never have been awarded lucrative partnership deals.”

London Olympic missile sites confirmed despite protests: here.

Also in Britain: Rail workers upped the pressure on three train privateers today after they managed to squeeze proper recognition for their Olympics work out of Southern: here.

The Con-Dems‘ back-of-a-fag-packet policies came home to roost today when the immigration watchdog aired concerns about poorly trained staff being dragooned into border control for the Olympics: here.

Coca-Cola workers on strike


This video from Canada says about itself:

The Drink of the Death Squads

Choir performance at a transit station in Vancouver of a song by David Rovics, in front of Coke [Coca-Cola] advertising, just before transit police arrive.

Coke is an official sponsor of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver beginning Feb. 12.

England: Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in north London have begun the first of a series of two-day strikes over pay: here. And here.

Coca-Cola workers across Europe staged a day of action today against their employer’s attacks on pay and plans to axe over 400 jobs: here.

Advert for Coca-Cola Vitamin Water ‘misled public’: here.

USA: Progressive Movement Compels Coca-Cola to Pull Support From ALEC Over Voter Suppression Efforts: here.

The Battle Over Killer Coke and Coca Leafs in Bolivia: here.

Spanish miners on strike: here.

The Spanish General Workers Union has warned that its coalminer members will strike following the failure of talks with the government to resolve a dispute over aid to their beleaguered industry and unpaid wages: here.