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(en) Workers Solidarity #76 - Coca Cola Boycotted for (complicity in) Murder

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 7 Aug 2003 08:22:54 +0200 (CEST)

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Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be
a trade unionist with intimidation and murders being
committed almost daily. Coca Cola is currently being sued
by the Colombian food and drinks union Sinaltrainal for its
(alleged) use of right wing paramilitary death squads at
its plants in Colombia. The company has denied the
allegations and predictably claims that it has no
responsibility for the actions of the bottling plants.

This problem is not just confined to Coca Cola. Workers
in Nestle have also been murdered and threatened.
Although the union asked Nestle to publicly distance
itself from paramilitary threats, they have so far failed to
do so. The state has also played its part with trade
unionists being imprisoned on trumped up terrorist
charges for six months.

Sinaltrainal took the lawsuit against Coca Cola because
they believe that they can prove that the parent company
know what's going on and ultimately bears responsibility.

On Monday 26th May, Ermelina Mosquera, a member of
Sinaltrainal came to Dublin to speak about their case
against Coca Cola and to seek solidarity from Irish trade
unionists. She also asked for support of an international
boycott of Coca Cola products starting on July 22nd.

Members of the Latin America Solidarity Centre and
other individuals are working to promote the boycott and
to raise awareness of this issue in Ireland. Further details
and a list of Coca-Cola products will be published on
LASC's site at

More at

* Anarchism and the fight against Imperialism
* Workplace struggles and the unions

This page is from the print version of the
Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.

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