By Claire West
European trade unions at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) are planning coordinated action on 27 October against the company's European wide restructuring, which is being pushed through without proper consultation.
On 5 October CCE trade unions met in Brussels to devise a strategy to force CCE to fully engage with its workforces over restructuring, which will include over 400 job cuts.
While CCE is paying lip service to consultation, the European trade unions do not believe that this consultation will be meaningful and fear that CCE will force through the measures with few, if any, concessions or changes to its original plans.
The joint trade unions are demanding as a minimum that there should be meaningful consultations, no forced redundancies and the company should find suitable alternative jobs for those who are displaced.
Coca-Cola workers at a bottling plant in Edmonton, north London took strike action on Wednesday 6 October in a dispute over pay.The 110 Unite members at the plant voted by a massive eight to one majority to reject the company’s two per cent pay offer.
Unite national officer Jennie Formby said: "The company's refusal to enter into meaningful negotiations to end the strike at Edmonton sends a clear message that CCE wants to dictate rather than negotiate. European unions across CCE are planning coordinated action beginning with demonstrations at the end of October. The unions will not allow CCE to push through changes without the unions being fully involved and they expect a commitment to no forced redundancies."