Oh, those unions!


from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger


The Coca Cola bottling plant in Madrid plans to reduce the workforce – so what does the workers’ union do help? Organise for TV cameras parades with hammer and sickle flags and banners ‘No bebas Coca Cola!’ (Don’t Drink Coca-Cola!)!

 From West Australian 22-02-2014: Madrid (AFP) – “US drinks giant Coca Cola vowed on Friday to press on with laying off workers at its bottling plants in Spain after unions refused to strike a deal. Striking workers had until Friday to reach a deal with managers on the company’s plan to close four factories, which labour unions say threatens nearly 1,200 jobs. The company said many workers had accepted its offer of early retirement, relocation or voluntary redundancy for 1,190 employees at the plants.

 “We are extremely surprised that, after the support shown for the company’s offer by most of the workers consulted, the union representatives rejected the conditions,” said Angel Lopez de Ocariz, communications director for Coca Cola’s subsidiary Iberian Partners, in a statement.”

 All those unions sings from the same hymn sheet – Internationale; and bugger the workers.

 …Unions ahead of Friday’s deadline rejected the offer since it would not save the plants, where workers have been on strike all month. They said they would bring legal action when the company pushes on with the plan.”

 Undoubtedly they hope for some Spanish socialist judge like our Mordecai Bromberg of Toyota and its workers v- Australian Manufacturing Workers Union infamous case. See Toyota unions keep entitlements, lose jobs  and Before the unions blame the Government for Toyota closing -. Anyway, some Spanish judges… see Justice discontinued .

 che.coke“Coca-Cola is not ‘the Real Thing’ for Spanish society,” Ramon Gorriz, one of the leaders of the CCOO labour union, told a news conference on Thursday. “It is an exploitative multinational which is only after profits.” CCOO blamed the dispute on the Spanish government’s 2012 labour reform, which made it easier to hire and fire workers. The government said that was necessary to strengthen the economy. A double recession over the past five years has pushed Spain’s unemployment rate up to 26 percent….”

 One would think that in such a situation calling for a boycott of Coca Cola products is, well … counter-productive. What would the Left saint Che say? Or better, do?quill.1


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to Oh, those unions!

  1. Michael Seng says:

    Unions, once a necessary evil, are now just evil.

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