Coca-Cola is a major sponsor of this year’s Winter Olympics, a huge opportunity for the world’s largest beverage company to promote its brands, its images and its sales. Since March 2015 Coke’s exclusive bottler for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Coca-Cola Amatil (“The power behind our region’s favorite brands”), has been busy bashing rights. There should be no place for Zero Rights at the Olympic Games.
Since 2015, workers at Coca-Cola Amatil’s Indonesian operations have been seeking to form independent uninos. When workers at Coke operations in Central Java formed a union and legally registered it, union chairman Atra Narwanto was suspended and subsequently dismissed and prevented from meeting with his members. When workers at another facility in West Java formed and registered a union in February 2017, union chairman Lutfi Ariyanto was transferred, then suspended, then formally dismissed late last year. Workers are pressured to withdraw their support for their organizations, and their unions are shut out of the collective bargaining process.
Nearly twenty years after Indonesia freed itself from an oppressive military dictatorship, workers at the Coca-Cola Indonesia are still waiting for rights at the workplace.
CLICK HERE to send a message to The Coca-Cola Company in the USA and Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia, telling them to respect rights, reinstate dismissed union letters and negotiate in good faith. There’s no place for zero rights at the Olympic Games!
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