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ZSP STATEMENT: Why we are Boycotting Coca Cola

We joined the boycott of Coca Cola to protest its poor records on human and workers’ rights. We strongly believe that consumers should not financially support corporations which have bad policies, in particular bad labour policies. We find some of the past acts of Coca Cola corporation to be morally unconscienable and are outraged that they try to lekcewazyc the incidents. Among the problems that inspire our protest are:

- Supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa
- The murder of 8 unionists working in Guatemala Coca Cola bottling factories in the late 70s
- Repression of unionists in Mexico and El Salvador

- Refusing to obey a court order to reinstate 50 unlawfully fired workers in Peru
- Forcing workers to work overtime and for less than minimum wage in Chile
- Supporting the Abacha regime in Nigeria
- The murder of 8 unionists in Colombia
- Denying residents use of formerly community water resources in Chiapas
- Pay discrimination against black employees in Atlanta (court ordered Coke to pay $190 million dollars in compensation to 2000 black employees)
- Refusing to live up to 1990 promise to use bottles with partly-recycled plastic
- Pumping excessive ground water in India and producing toxic fertilizers
- Repression of unionists in Turkey
- Intimidating workers in Indonesia
- Bad labour practices in St. Petersburg and the UK leading to recent strikes

etc, etc..

It is clear from the list that Coca Cola has poor labour practices around the world and has had financial interests in supporting repressive regimes. That’s why we say no to Coca Cola.

The Coca Cola Company is only one of many companies which abuse workers rights. By joining the boycott, we are not implying it is the only company which should be boycotted. We are hoping that the boycott will grow in strength in Poland as it has in other countries and show people that they can send a message to greedy and unethical corporations through their consumer choices and activism, in this case, by supporting the boycott.