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Bottled Rights: Coca-Cola Workers


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Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Billions of people know it as “the real thing.” But what’s the real story about its corporate practices? Communities in India charge that they are losing their water as bottling plants suck such resources dry to produce Coke. In Colombia, there are allegations that Coke workers are murdered by paramilitaries with the support of bottling plant management.

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at Coca-Cola and a couple examples of the corporation’s foreign operations.


Workers who witnessed and experienced paramilitary violence in a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Colombia; Dan Kovalik, an attorney with the United Steel Workers of America, who’s involved in a lawsuit against Coca-Cola; Herlinda Lucila Hernandez Matos, a professor at Atlantic University in Colombia who’s affiliated with trade unions; Community members in Plachimada, India, who live near a Coca-Cola bottling plant; G.N. Saibaba, All India People’s Resistance Forum; Rona Wilson, All India Revolutionary Students Federation

This show also features the song “Drink of the Death Squads” by David Rovics

For more information:

SINALTRAINAL (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos) –Bogota, Colombia

United Steel Workers of America –Pittsburgh, PA

All India People’s Resistance Forum

All India Revolutionary Students Federation –New Delhi, India

For background and information about other Coca-Cola cases:

Author: Radio Project

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