European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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The EFFAT Coca-Cola coordination group meets in Hamburg

The EFFAT Coca-Cola coordination group gathered together on 19 June to discuss the restructuring processes in the European Coca-Cola System as well as the current EWC negotiations in Coca Cola European Partners. The meeting was also an opportunity to present and discuss the outcome of the EFFAT comparative study on collective bargaining in Coca Cola. 
Thanks to this study EFFAT analysed collective bargaining agreements of various countries at intersectoral, sectoral and company levels.
The study focused in particular on collective bargaining provisions regulating the following areas:
Holidays and Leave of Absence
Shift Patterns and Working Hours
Remuneration Structure
Performance Related Pay
Pension Schemes
Pre- or Partial Retirement Schemes
Work/ Life Balance
Vocational Training
Stress at Work / Health and Safety
Group activities, common discussions and exchanges allowed the EFFAT members to set common goals in collective bargaining meant to be pursued in the next negotiations at national level.
The study is ready and will be formatted in a user friendly version in the upcoming weeks.
The EFFAT secretariat considers collective bargaining cooperation as an extremely useful exercise that allows workers’ representative from different countries to coordinate and better set a common trade union agenda at cross-border level. EFFAT will try to implement a more structured collective bargaining cooperation also in other transnational companies.
Participants showed solidarity and support for Coca Cola workers in Haiti, Philippines, United States and Ireland and joined the IUF "Zero rights campaign - The new taste of Coca-Cola Amatil". Effat ask all its affiliates to click on following link to support the campaign.

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.