In Haiti, Coca-Cola’s bottler continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union.
In Indonesia, Coca-Cola’s bottler pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.
In Ireland, Coca-Cola closed two of its directly
owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionised, and
shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses
to engage in collective bargaining with the union.
And finally, in the USA the company’s bottler spent
more than $330,000 hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade
workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the union.
Please show your support for the IUF campaign
by sending a clear message to Coca-Cola CEO and Chairman James Quincey,
expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and
demanding that the company act to remedy them.
Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.
Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA. In Haiti Coke’s bottler La Brasserie de la Couronne continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union, SYTBRACOUR. Haiti is a dangerous place to live and to work. Companies should, at a minimum, be alert to this situation and exercise maximum due diligence. In July 2019, a Coca-Cola truck driver was shot in his vehicle while at work. The Coca-Cola Company has made no meaningful independent investigation of this killing, choosing instead to rely on a version of events provided by their local bottler, which sought to shift blame onto the driver. Subsequent IUF investigations into this case have exonerated the driver and exposed a callous disregard for the truth on the part of the Coca-Cola bottler and The Coca-Cola Company.
In Indonesia Coca-Cola bottler Amatil pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.
In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company closed two of its directly owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionized, and shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses to engage in collective bargaining with the IUF-affiliated SIPTU.
In the USA the Company’s bottler spent more than 330,000.00 US dollars hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the RWDSU/UFCW.
Please show your support for these workers and the fight for rights in the Coca-Cola system.
CLICK HERE to send a message to Coca-Cola’s CEO and Chairman James Quincey, expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and demanding the Company act to remedy them. Your name will also be added to a petition that will be delivered to The Coca-Cola Company.
is hard to believe: on top of an electoral system that is warped and
discredited, over nine million people missing from the electoral roll,
and elections open to the influence of unscrupulous donors and
misinformation…the government is choosing to make it harder for us to
Despite only eight allegations of “personation” fraud (the crime of
pretending to be someone else at the ballot box) in 2018 across
the whole of the UK, the government is putting up new barriers
to millions of legitimate voters. This is a gross electoral injustice in
It will cost up to £20m per General Election – but the democratic cost will be much higher.
This ‘show your papers’ policy must be stopped. Will you sign
our petition to say no to US-style voter suppression laws in the UK –
and yes to real democratic reform?
We the undersigned are calling on The Barnet Group (TBG) to implement the London Living Wage as the Minimum Wage For All Barnet Group Employees.
Why is this important?
Since ex-Fremantle care workers transferred into the
Barnet Group this year, The Barnet Group now has a large number of
employees paid below the London Living Wage (£10.55/ hour). This means
that the skilled caring work done by staff is paid at rates lower than
those paid to cleaners working in the Council buildings. It is
absolutely right that cleaners are paid the London Living Wage but care
workers are no less deserving.
The London Living Wage is identified as the hourly rate of pay needed to more realistically cover the real cost of living.
Last week the Constitution and General Purposes Committee proposed significant changes to the public participation rules. Currently, up to 30 minutes is set aside at the start of each committee meeting for public comments and questions. You have to submit the questions by 10am 3 working days in advance of the committee meeting and you also have to specify which agenda item on which you wish to make a public comment. At the meeting the resident gets 3 minutes to make their public comment and they can then be questioned by committee members. Questions are taken in strict rotation so everyone who has asked a question gets a chance to ask a supplementary question. Even if the questioners do not get the chance to ask a supplementary question there is a written response to their original question. This provides a useful audit trail when matters arise in the future.
Last week all those rules were changed. Following ratification at the forthcoming full council meeting on 30 July public participation will be dramatically reduced. The Council’s proposals are as follows:
Questions and comments should be amalgamated. The number of words for each question/comment should be limited at 100 and must be submitted in writing by 10am 3 working days in advance of the committee meeting. Residents may raise one question/comment on an agenda item. The question/comment must relate to the substantive matter to be determined by the committee. No more than two questions from residents will be allowed per agenda item taken in the order of receipt by the Governance Service. These changes means the public will no longer be able to address the committee in person and councillors will not be able to ask the member of public about their comment. When reports run to many pages, summarising a single question or comment in 100 words will severely restrict what people can say. Residents will only be able to make one comment or one question on an agenda item but if more than two residents ask a question or make a comment on an agenda item, no other questions or comments will be accepted. Barnet say this is about saving money and giving more opportunities to residents. It will do neither especially, if residents are forced to submit multiple FOI requests to get important answers. It seems clear that Barnet do not like residents scrutinising decisions such as the Council’s £22.9 million loan to Saracens Rugby to build a new stand at their stadium or asking questions about the £2 million fraud carried out by a Capita employee which went undiscovered for more than a year. Capita’s performance in areas such as Highways and Pensions Administration have been dismal but public scrutiny of their performance and why they are being allowed to continue to provide such a poor service will now be all but eliminated. The Council are also making major cuts to services such as libraries and are changing the rules to force disabled people who receive in-home care packages to move into residential care simply because it is cheaper. The ability to question these changes will be dramatically reduced, allowing the council to rubber stamp decisions without any meaningful engagement with the public. Barnet residents have a right and a need to scrutinise the Council and these changes will eliminate that scrutiny. I admit I do ask quite a few questions but that is simply because I believe committees are failing to provide adequate scrutiny. Conservative councillors keep saying the questions are political. The questions I ask are almost always about money and performance. With £20 million of budget cuts this year and a further £47 million of cuts over the next four years it is important that Councillors at least listen to the concerns of residents. If you think the Council’s proposals are wrong, please sign the petition here or go an visit your local Conservative Councillor before the Council meeting on 30 July. Details of all their councillors’ surgeries are on the Barnet Council website but I have summarised them here for your convenience.
14 June 2017, the fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of 72 people
and devastated a close-knit community in the heart of London.
Two years on, the bereaved, survivors and residents are still waiting for justice.
two years on, we are still waiting for the lessons from that day to be
learned, and acted upon to safeguard all our communities.
1. Remove remaining inflammable cladding from 2,000 tower blocks and public buildings.
2. Retrofit sprinklers in high rises and schools.
3. Ensure tenants get a real voice in the running and upkeep of their buildings.
4. Reverse cuts to firefighter numbers and Fire Safety Officers.
5. Create a new independent body to oversee standards in fire service across the country.
The 2012 Health and Social Care Act
is a complete disaster for our NHS – particularly Section 75, which
forces the NHS to let private companies compete to provide some
services. Now, NHS England has recognised the harm that Section 75 has
done, and are calling on the government to get rid of Section 75 as part
of their ‘Long Term Plan’ for the NHS.
The Long Term Plan is the next step in dismantling our NHS, reducing care provision, and moving away from the original founding principles of universal healthcare, free at the point of use, and accessible to everyone.