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NGO Rejoinder

3 Feb 2020

Author:
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)

IUF's rejoinder to Coca-Cola's response

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The response... demonstrates a total failure to address the substance of the allegations and the absence of any independent effort to investigate the facts...

Nowhere does the IUF allege that company management spoke to workers at the... meetings... [We said] plant security personnel... introduced an individual who described himself as a former armed insurgent... reporting directly to the president... [who] denounced the recognized union at the plant as a subversive organization.... [T]his assertion cannot be misunderstood: subversion equals... armed insurgence... We have no indication that at any point management intervened to suggest that the presentation was veering off message, or that the veiled threats and clear interference in the union’s structures and activities were inappropriate...

With respect to... [the threatening visit to the union vice-president’s home] TCCC’s claim that... their Philippines subsidiary, “is unaware of such activity by the authorities and can therefore provide no comment” is simply not credible... [It] was described in detail in a formal letter... sent to the human resources director at the plant and copied to the plant operations director and the CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Enterprises in the Philippines...

...TCCC recommends that the IUF and its affiliates “reach out” to the Philippines National Police. Our affiliate has done so...

[The full rejoinder is attached]