The Christmas period wouldn’t really be merry for huge multi-national corporations like Coca Cola unless they used the festive season to drive their workers living conditions into the ground. After all, corporate profits flow that much quicker when workers’ rights are crushed.
Coca Cola of course has a long history of oppressing their employees internationally, and so on Friday British trade unionists will be descending upon Milton Keynes to host a welcoming protest which will coincide with the planned visit being made by the liquid-sugar companies’ famous Christmas Truck.
The idea of this protest, which is being backed by both the Baker’s Union and Unite the union, is to bring a festive show of solidarity with Coca Cola workers organising internationally under extremely hostile conditions, with Zero Rights no less. As the event’s organisers point out:
“Agile and alert to change, Coca-Cola Amatil came up with Zero Rights when workers at their Indonesian operations began to organize independent trade unions to challenge the oppressive workplace regime inherited from two decades of military dictatorship. Zero Rights was officially launched when newly-elected leaders of unions at two locations were terminated, members harassed and workers pressured to withdraw their signatures from a petition expressing their lack of confidence in the company’s preferred ‘union’ organization.”
The Milton Keynes protest will demand that The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Amatil (the Company’s exclusive bottler for Coca-Cola products in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa) act now to restore the human rights of victimized trade union leaders Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Ariyanto and begin to recognize and negotiate in good faith with independent, democratic trade unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia.
The Protest is taking place from 12.30pm onwards on Friday 15th December, at Xscape MK, 602 Marlborough Gate, MK9 3XS Milton Keynes. For further details get in contact via the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/events/145315642785246/
Find out more about the international campaign for human rights here www.tastezerorights.org