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Call for Oireachtas boycott of Coca Cola products

20 October, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for a boycott by the Houses of the Oireachtas of Coca-Cola products. Deputy Ó Snodaigh called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to join with him in supporting a boycott of Coca Cola products in response to the company’s sacking of workers while they were on strike last month.

He said:

“Does the Taoiseach agree that any form of social partnership agreement is totally worthless unless it deals with the actual conditions that people face in their workplace?

“Does he agree that there is no so-called social partnership where the system allows workers to be treated by employers the way the workers in Coca Cola and the dockers in Marine Terminals in Dublin have been treated?

“Will the Taoiseach join with me in deploring the action of Coca Cola management in sacking its workers on 8th September last while they were on the picket line?

“Does the Taoiseach recognise the wider implications for all workers and for industrial relations in this State of the outsourcing by Coca Cola of the jobs of 130 SIPTU members at warehousing and distribution centres at in Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Tuam?

“Does he deplore the company’s failure to abide by Labour Court rulings and its determination to dump jobs and drive down wages and conditions?

“Will the Taoiseach join with me in commending South Dublin County Council which, on the proposal of Cllr. Seán Crowe of Sinn Féin, voted to boycott all Coke products until the dispute is settled? All parties, including the Taoiseach’s party, supported this motion.

“Will the Taoiseach join with me in making the same call for the Houses of the Oireachtas to boycott Coca Cola products?

“Secondly, on the strike at Marine Terminals in Dublin, does the Taoiseach deplore the action of the company in implementing forced redundancies and introducing new ‘take it or leave it’ contracts, reducing wages and severely worsening working conditions? Is he aware that more than 60 workers have been on strike for months now and that management tactics have included the importation of scab labour and heavy-handed security from Britain?

“What value social partnership if employers can act with impunity in this way?” ENDS

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