- Over the past several decades, Colombia has experienced much internal conflict, which affects trade union leaders and other people from all walks of life. Despite the volatile environment, The
- In a country where violence against union members has deterred all but 4 percent of workers from unionizing, 31 percent of
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- Through both collective bargaining agreements and their own initiative,
- We share global concerns regarding the unfavorable labor environment in Colombia. Ed Potter, our director of global labor relations, serves on the Applications of Conventions Committee within the International Labor Organization (ILO), which evaluates country implementation of ratified ILO treaties. In late October, Ed was part of a high-level tripartite visit to Colombia and met with government representatives, organizations representing workers and employers, and those responsible for investigating and supervising labor rights in Colombia. The Committee has made a number of recommendations based on its essential findings that impunity with respect to violence against trade unionists continues to exist and that trade unions face several obstacles in both law and practice regarding the full exercise of freedom of association. The ILO recommendations address some of the core issues contributing to the violence in Colombia.
- In the spring of 2005, an independent assessment of bottling plants in Colombia by the internationally respected and certified social compliance auditor Cal Safety Compliance Corporation confirmed that workers in
- We are currently facilitating the design and development of an additional credible, objective and impartial independent third party assessment in Colombia during the first quarter of 2006. The assessment will involve international labor organizations, non-governmental organizations and our most vocal critics. It will be conducted with the cooperation of our Colombian bottling partners.
- In December 2005, a major Norwegian financial firm, KLP, announced it is now satisfied that The
- A public statement made by SINALTRAINBEC, a Colombian union representing bottler employees, said that it has "not a single indication" that The
- Two different judicial inquiries in Colombia - one in a Colombian Court and one by the Colombian Attorney General - found no evidence to support the allegations that bottler management conspired to intimidate or threaten trade unionists.
- These allegations were the thrust of a lawsuit filed in 2001 against The
- Earlier this year, we signed a joint statement with the IUF, the international organization for unions in the food and beverage sectors. In that document, we acknowledge that "
- In July 2003, the IUF posted this statement to its Web site: "Sweeping, unsubstantiated allegations and assertions of the type found in the boycott appeal do nothing to help the cause of the unions that organize and represent
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- For as long as we've been in Colombia,
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