Coca Cola Boycott
Called: And Not Just for the Fun of It
Coke fans around the
globe are being asked to put down their bottles and switch to something
else starting July 22.
A coalition of labour,
human rights, church and consumer organizations is called that day the
International Day to Boycott Coca Cola, after a vote at last year’s
World Social Forum in Puerto Alegre Brazil declared it an official
day of action.
According to the
Christian Task Force on Central America, which is spearheading
the campaign in North America, the action is in solidarity with
SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian Food and Drinks Workers Union.
“In a court case in the
USA, brought by the United Steelworkers Union in solidarity with
SINALTRAINAL, a judge has ruled that Coca Cola's bottlers have a case
to answer, but the multinational refuses to cooperate with the union,
and continues its policy of repression,” say spokespersons at the CTF’s
Vancouver office. “In a similar case in Guatemala during the 80s, Coca Cola
stood by and watched as union members within their bottling plants were
assassinated by death squads. Coca Cola only acted to protect the lives
of their workers when pressured into it by a consumer boycott.”
They also claim bosses at
bottling plants contracted by Coke in Latin American countries have
actually funded their own death squads in order to thwart organizing
drives and other community activities by their employees.
Eight union leaders have
been killed in Columbia this year for activities
involving organizers at Coke bottling plants, the group says, and it
wants the corporation’s main office to get involved in stopping these
Anyone wanting further
information can contact the CTF at 604-875-9218 or by e-mail at