European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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European trade unions launch joint manifesto for a socially sustainable Coca-Cola system

28/03/2014

Coca-Cola workers, as well as representatives of national trade unions and European and national works council, came together in Madrid from 20 to 21 March to improve cross-border coordination and build trade union strength in response to the ongoing attack on jobs and workers’ rights within Coca-Cola in Europe.

Madrid was selected as the meeting location to express solidarity with Spanish colleagues who are paying the high social costs for the restructuring process currently being implemented by Coca-Cola Iberian Partners.

The attendees, who together make up the Coca-Cola Coordination Group overseen by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), represent the workforces of the Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG.

As an outcome of the meeting, participants adopted a joint European Manifesto for a socially sustainable Coca-Cola system, which strongly condemns the industrial strategies increasingly being implemented by Coca-Cola Management in Europe with total disregard for the involvement of trade unions and works councils. The Manifesto also makes practical requests of the Coca-Cola Management, including entering into a permanent constructive dialogue at EU level with EFFAT and its national affiliates.

Meeting attendees further committed to an action and information day on 5 May, at which they will together denounce Coca-Cola’s aggressive industrial strategy and show solidarity for the workers whose jobs are at stake across Europe, and nowadays in particular, in Greece, France and Spain.

Media contact: Dominique Mitchell +32 490 56 94 05 or d.mitchell@effat.org

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.