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Date updated : 18-Oct-2017

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Independent unions challenge the zero rights regime at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia

Nearly twenty years after Indonesia freed itself from an oppressive military dictatorship, workers at the Indonesian operations of The Coca-Cola Company's Australian-based bottler Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) are still waiting for democratic rights at the workplace. Workers at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia are organizing to form independent democratic unions. The company has responded by systematically attacking their members and elected leaders.

CCA has reacted to the formation of independent unions at two company locations by terminating, forcefully transferring and suspending union leaders Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Ariyanto to prevent them carrying out their roles as union presidents. Members of the new, independent unions are systematically harassed. And when 150 workers at the Surabaya plant signed a petition expressing their lack of confidence in the Suharto-era worker organization which CCA insists on imposing, they were pressured by management to withdraw their signatures.

CCA's partner in repressing human rights is the SPSI-RTMM (National Union of Tobacco, Food and Beverage Employees of Indonesia), an organization descended from the vehicle created by the Suharto military dictatorship to prevent workers from organizing to defend their human rights. In Indonesia, Coca-Cola Amatil retains Suharto era Collective Bargaining Agreements that are effectively disciplinary codes to control and manage the workforce. They date from an era when questioning the actions of worker organizations appointed and sustained by the military was legally tantamount to sedition.

The IUF has repeatedly brought these violations to the attention of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and CCA. The abuses continue, in full violation of internationally recognized human rights instruments.

Independent unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia are not only fighting for the rights of their members. They are fighting to defend the rights of all workers in Indonesia who are standing up to defend human rights and secure the country's democratic future against the legacy of an authoritarian past. The vestiges of lengthy military rule remain firmly in place at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, the company which manufactures Indonesia's most widely recognized global brand.

USE THE FORM BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE to Coca-Cola Amatil operating in Indonesia and The Coca-Cola Company in the US, insisting they act to ensure these ongoing human rights violations are remedied by restoring the rights of victimized trade union leaders Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Ariyanto and recognizing and negotiating with independent, democratic trade unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia. Your message will be sent by email to CCA and TCCC and delivered as part of a signed petition.

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To Alison Watkins, CEO, Coca-Cola Amatil
Libby Wilson, Group Human Resources Director, Coca-Cola Amatil
Cc Brent Wilton, Global Director, Workplace Rights and Human Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
Jeff Maguire, Head of People and Productivity - Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Amatil

Dear Madam/Sir,

I am distressed to learn of ongoing violations of fundamental human rights at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia. Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Ariyanto, the elected leaders of recently formed independent unions, have been prevented from fulfilling their duties as union officers by dismissal, transfer and suspension. Their members continue to be systematically harassed. Workers expressing their lack of confidence in the SPSI-RTMM (National Union of Tobacco, Food and Beverage Employees of Indonesia) have been pressured to withdraw their signatures from a petition at the Surabaya plant. These ongoing violations of workers' right to freedom of association and collective bargaining are in direct violation of international labour and human rights standards and instruments and of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprise, which apply to both The Coca-Cola Company and to Coca-Cola Amatil. I call upon you to act immediately to remedy these human rights violations and to cease colluding with the various pro-management trade union structures, including those originating in the Suharto military dictatorship to prevent workers from exercising their rights.

I call on you to act now to restore the rights of victimized trade union leaders Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Ariyanto and to recognize and negotiate in good faith with independent, democratic trade unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia.

Yours sincerely

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