European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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DECLARATION: European trade unions condemn Coca-Cola’s aggressive attack on jobs and workers’ rights


The EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group, composed of representatives of the workforce of The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Hellenic BC, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola EAG, meeting on 28 and 29 November 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium, declares:

  • we condemn the endless quest for flexibility which Coca-Cola is undertaking to maximize profits, because it undermines the work-life balance and existing rights of the workforce in Coca-Cola; 
  • we condemn all infringement on trade union rights in Coca-Cola and ask the Business to stick to its agenda to respect all human and trade union rights; 
  • we express our solidarity to all those colleagues who are losing their jobs as a consequence of productivity initiatives in Thessaloniki, Greece, Gaglianico, Italy, Wakefield, GB, and in Spain. 
We urge Coca-Cola to enter into constructive dialogue with the Trade Union movement coordinated by EFFAT to define a shared way to improve competitiveness in the respect of the people who make Coca-Cola a great product. 

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.