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EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group met in Madrid and visited Fuenlabrada plant

27/10/2017

The EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group made up of national trade union officers, senior shop stewards and members of national and European works councils representing the Coca-Cola workforce employed at Coca-Cola European Partners, The Coca-Cola Company, and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, met in Madrid on 19-20 October.

On day one the participants shared significant information about the restructuring plans announced by CCEP in Europe. In France and Belgium reorganisation entails standardising work management to increase labour productivity at production sites. But streamlining initiatives will also affect Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Sweden and The Netherlands, where centralising and standardising functions in the administrative supply chain will cause many redundancies. In Germany the closure of the Weimar production plant has also been announced. All these restructuring initiatives will cause around 550 job losses.

The EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group criticised once again CCEP for its industrial strategy focused on dismantling its invaluable human capital through a further attack on jobs.

On day two the Group visited the ghost Fuenlabrada plant where workers have been struggling for four years to save their jobs. The reality of the factory was a shock for the whole Group. What is happening in Fuenlabrada is an unacceptable lack of respect towards human dignity. It is a cosmetic ruse that puts workers’ physical and mental health at risk. Part of the site is completely closed, while in the other part there is no real work and employees are shifting crates of empty bottles by hand.

EFFAT and its Coca-Cola Coordination Group:

  • urge Coca-Cola Management to give the Coca-Cola employees real work and a long-term solution for them and their families;
  •  urge Coca-Cola to enter constructive dialogue with national trade unions in Spain. A dialogue that must entail a concrete and long-term industrial plan for Fuenlabrada;
  • express solidarity and support to the colleagues in Fuenlabrada as well as to all employees in other parts of Europe who have lost their jobs because of increased productivity measures;
  • demand that Coca-Cola stops destroying jobs and ends the request for labour flexibility;
  • demand that Coca-Cola fully respects trade union and workers’ rights and ends all forms of personal discrimination against elected workers’ representatives;
  • demand that Coca-Cola enters a permanent and constructive dialogue at European level with EFFAT and its national affiliates.         

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.