Write to Coca-Cola today and condemn their anti-union practices and demand they cease to abuse the rights of their workers #CokeZeroRights

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Members, Stewards and Officers,

Southend UNISON has been asked by Southend West Constituency Labour Party and fellow trade union branches to help raise awareness of the virulent attacks on workers in the UK, Ireland and around the world by the Coca-Cola Company.

Please write to Coca-Cola today and condemn their anti-union practices and demand they cease to abuse the rights of their workers. The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) have set up a campaign page where you can  SEND A MESSAGE  to Mr. James Quincey (CEO, The Coca-Cola Company) in just a few seconds.


Southend UNISON express anger and disappointment that the Coca-Cola Company is failing to live up to expectations with regards to workers’ and human rights at its factories and bottling plants. The Coca-Cola Company has received repeated warnings from the IUF to deal with their ongoing rights violations. However, the company has failed to take any meaningful action to remedy the abuses seen at its own operations, and at its bottlers in Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Also in the UK, The Coca-Cola Company announced the closure of plants in Milton Keynes and Northampton, affecting the jobs of nearly 300 people. The Coca-Cola Company, which makes £1.7 billion a year in profit, made the decision to close the factory and warehouse as they believe they will save around £12 million a year. This is despite the Milton Keynes factory being the number one site in Europe in terms of ‘cost-per-case’.

Abuses are not limited to the bottling system. In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company had earlier closed its directly owned, strongly unionised concentrate plant (where the ‘secret formula’ syrup is manufactured) in Drogheda and has recently announced the closure of a second plant in Athy while refusing to engage with the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) at the remaining concentrate plant in Ballina.

Workers are being victimised as a result of Coca-Cola’s virulent anti-union views and corporate greed causing basic human rights to workers in Indonesia, the Philippines and elsewhere to be denied and hard-working and productive staff all across Europe being made redundant to boost already significant profits.

For more information visit the Coca-Cola Zero Rights campaign page.

 SEND A MESSAGE to The Coca-Cola Company 

Southend UNISON extends solidarity with Ladywood Primary School’s Dinner Ladies who have gone on permanent strike! #StarsInOurSchools UNDER ATTACK! @UNISONBarnsley

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Stars In Our Schools UNDER ATTACK! Picketing Ladywood Primary School’s Dinner Ladies.

Southend UNISON has sent £250 toward the Dinner Ladies’ strike hardship fund and calls on the Governors and Headteacher to stop attacking our STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS and drop their unacceptable plans to axe jobs.

The Headteacher and Board of Governors of Ladywood Primary School (Grimethorpe, Barnsley) have proposed to make all nine School Meals Supervisory Assistants (dinner ladies) redundant.

The school’s proposals would lead to the hardworking Teaching Assistants replacing the dinner ladies and supervising the children at dinnertime. These plans have been put forward because the school’s management do not believe the dinner ladies have the skills to support the children.

UNISON is campaigning hard to save our members’ jobs. The redundancies will be devastating for our dinner ladies, and it’s unfair to ask the already overworked Teaching Assistants to pick up this important job. Our members know how damaging these proposals would be to the school’s children.

We believe the proposals are completely unnecessary and the school does not need to do this. The dedicated dinner ladies are at the heart of school life and have been supporting the children for generations. UNISON does not believe the school has to make these redundancies because of budget cuts.

We are asking all UNISON members and friends to stand together in solidarity and sign the petition at: https://bit.ly/2mdyaBP

To learn more about the Dinner Ladies’ situation and to contribute to the hardship fund please visit Barnsley UNISON website and/or contact the branch.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with Kirklees Bin Workers

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In West Yorkshire, Kirklees Bin Workers were on strike in July and have unanimously voted for an all-out indefinite strike.

Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, said that although Kirklees Council had now addressed the issue of members’ holiday by hiring 10 permanent staff and 30 temporary ones, the problems regarding alleged bullying, harassment and racism, and unmanageable workloads had not been resolved.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea has sent £200 toward the strike hardship fund and will be organising a workplace collection to raise further funds and awareness if necessary.

To learn more about the Kirklees Bin Workers situation download these newspaper cuttings and/or contact the UNISON Kirklees Branch.

To contribute to the hardship fund please make cheques payable to ‘UNISON Kirklees Branch’ and post to: UNISON Kirklees Branch Hardship Fund, 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP


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Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, has said an all-out bin strike across Kirklees has been suspended and an agreement with Kirklees Council has been reached.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with Birmingham Homecare Workers

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In Birmingham, homecare workers are striking because they’ve been pushed to breaking point. Government cuts to local authority budgets have led to Birmingham City Council slashing the home care/enablement budget by 40%.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with the Birmingham Homecare Workers who are fighting back against savage cuts to their contracted hours and wages, and the subsequent knock-on negative impact to essential services that support individuals back to health and independence.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea has sent £250 toward the strike hardship fund and is organising a workplace collection to raise further funds and awareness. Additionally, Southend Trades Union Council is sharing the request for support with all local trade union branches.

To find out more visit the UNISON Birmingham website and Facebook page and to contribute to the hardship fund please make cheques payable to ‘UNISON Birmingham Branch Hardship Fund’ and post to: 19th Floor, The Mclaren Building, 35 Dale End, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7LN