INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST COCA-COLA
MAKE YOU FEELINGS KNOWN- SEND MESSAGES OF PROTEST TO COCA-COLA
Two years ago SINALTRAINAL (the Colombian Food and Drink Workers Union) launched an international boycott of Coca Cola and all its products, in response to a brutal policy of terror and repression that Coca Cola had unleashed against their own workers in Colombia. Since 1994, 8 Coca-Cola workers and SINALTRAINAL union leaders have been assassinated by paramilitaries, who the evidence suggests, were hired by Colombia’s Coca-Cola management. Hundreds of other workers and union members have been imprisoned, tortured, threatened, disappeared or forced into exile.
The boycott campaign has been a success in many ways. Individuals and social and trade union organisations all around the world have pledged their support of the boycott (including UNISON, PCS and the Scottish Socialist Party). However Coke have refused to abandon their hard line, have refused to negotiate with SINALTRAINAL, and the repression against the workers has continued. Since the boycott started on 22 July 2003,
• Coke workers in Colombia had to go on hunger strike to fight mass sackings.
• Union Vice President Juan Carlos Galvis was injured in an assassination attempt.
• Union leader Luis Eduardo Garcia’s son escaped from a paramilitary kidnap.
• 4 members of union leader Efrain Guerrero’s family were slaughtered in their beds by paramilitaries
• Coke launched their seventh libel case against a SINALTRAINAL leader.
When the union launched the boycott campaign, they knew there would be a price to pay, and are relying on international support and solidarity to see them through to the end of their fight for justice. We have a moral obligation to support the workers of SINALTRAINAL.
SEND PROTEST MESSAGES ON 22 July 2005
On 22 July this year, please send messages of protest to Coca-Cola (an example is included).
Fax, email or telephone (or all 3) to make your feelings known.
Send messages to:
Tim Wilkinson, Director of Public Affairs and Communications Coca-Cola GB.
Telephone: 0800 227711 or 0208 237 3000
Fax: 0208 237 3700.
Dear Coca- Cola,
The International Boycott of all your products has been going for two years, and people across the world now know about Coca-Cola’s crimes in Colombia. However, I am very worried that instead of negotiating with SINALTRAINAL, Coca-Cola seems to have increased the repression against their Colombian workers. I will continue to boycott all your products, until Coca Cola has
• mitigated the pain of the victims by making reparations for damage caused.
• publicly recognise that it benefited from crimes carried out by paramilitaries against Coke workers.
• committed itself to not making any new attacks on the workers, and hand over to justice those criminals who carried out attacks on their behalf.
• negotiated with the union, a code of conduct to safeguard workers’ lives, in the presence of international observers.