Galway Labour urges boycott of Coca Cola products in support of Tuam strikers

Labour in Galway is urging the public to temporarily boycott Coca Cola products as a way of sending a message to the company over its handling of the situation in its Tuam plant.

At a recent meeting of its constituency council, The Labour Party in Galway, passed a motion supporting the position of the Coca Cola workers, particularly those from Tuam.

More than 120 employees of the company have been sacked for seeking to support the jobs of their colleagues involved in the distribution of Coca Cola products across the southern counties of Ireland.

The parties had sought the intervention of the Labour Court, which issued recommendations on redundancy terms. The employees accepted the terms but Coca Cola would only offer minimum redundancy payments.

The row arises from plans by the company to outsource much of its distribution and warehousing operations, and three companies selected by Coca Cola have written to employees offering them employment at significantly reduced terms and conditions.

Local Labour Party members have recommended a “temporary withdrawal of support” for Coca Cola products as a way of indicating “abhorrence with the actions of the company” and suggest that others who would “like to send a practical message” to Coca Cola, follow their example.

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