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Spain forces Coke to rehire workers
The Local (Spain) ^ | 13 Jun 2014 16:06 GMT+02:00

Posted on 06/14/2014 11:00:49 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Coca-Cola will have to reemploy and reimburse the 821 workers it sacked in April when it closed four of its bottling plants in Spain now that a judge has ruled the drinks multinational carried out the lay-offs unlawfully.

The sudden lay-off of 1,190 (finally 821) Coca-Cola employees from its bottling plants in Madrid, Mallorca, Alicante and Asturias were, according to holding company Iberian Partners, needed to improve efficiency.

But Spain’s High Court ruled on Friday that the fizzy drinks giants had not carried out the merging of all of their eight bottling plants in Spain appropriately.

They also blamed them for not informing unions representing the workers of their imminent lay-offs and the restructuring of the plants.

According to the sentence, all 821 laid-off employees will now have to be hired again by Coca-Cola and remunerated with all the salaries they missed out since the plant closures last April.

The main problem they face now is that the bottling plants have been closed down for several months, Spanish daily El País reported.

Numerous demonstrations were held outside the plants in the lead up to the verdict by Spain’s High Court on Friday.

In February, around 2,000 protesters marched to central Madrid from the closed down plant in Fuenlabrada during a five-hour protest.

They waved signs reading: "Boycott, they are destroying jobs" and "No to the lay-offs".

"The plants are profitable but they are throwing us into the street," said Francisco, 51, who had worked at Coca-Cola for 17 years.

"It is a modern plant but they are shutting it just so they can make more profits" he added. "The 'happiness' of Coca-Cola is a sham."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cocacola; coke; spain
Convincing corporations they never want to hire another Spaniard will not do wonders for the Spanish unemployment rate.
1 posted on 06/14/2014 11:00:49 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Never mind that, the Rats want to ban soda.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 11:02:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeaconBenjamin

If Coca-Cola had any balls, they would shut down all operations in Spain, remove all their assets and say good bye. Let Spain wallow in it.


3 posted on 06/14/2014 11:03:17 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Spain,Portugal,Italy,Greece....all members of Europe’s “Siesta Bloc”.


4 posted on 06/14/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Convincing corporations they never want to hire another Spaniard will not do wonders for the Spanish unemployment rate.

Leftist policies are always about feel-good instant gratification and relentless denial of basic economic realities.

5 posted on 06/14/2014 11:05:51 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Exactly. Going forward, this will have exactly the opposite effect from what the law intends to do, that is, reduce unemployment.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 11:06:04 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Yet another reason, if anyone actually needed more reason, for businesses to set up operations in Spain.


7 posted on 06/14/2014 11:11:25 AM PDT by House Atreides (ELL)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Pepsi, no Coke...
8 posted on 06/14/2014 11:12:19 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

“If Coca-Cola had any balls, they would shut down all operations in Spain, remove all their assets and say good bye. Let Spain wallow in it.”

Problem with your idea is that that too is probably illegal, unless Coke simply wanted to abandon their physical assets in Spain. Do you think that Spain would allow Coke to remove it’s mfg. equipment w/o some serious bucks paid to the government?


9 posted on 06/14/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Chode

Indeed...,screw,coke and their feel good No Ingles commercials.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 11:15:37 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: vette6387

Hitler kept the bottling plants and made Fanta. Fanta is Nazi drink, yes.


11 posted on 06/14/2014 11:16:30 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Titan International’s Maurice “Morry” Taylor, who goes by “The Grizz” for his bear-like no-nonsense style, told France’s left-wing industry minister in a letter published by Paris media that he had no interest in buying a doomed plant.

“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three,” Taylor wrote on February 8 in the letter in English addressed to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg.

“I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!” Taylor added in the letter,

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-france-workers-idUSBRE91J0OF20130220


12 posted on 06/14/2014 11:32:58 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I know a Frenchman (now American) who was running several family owned businesses in France. The government decided how much money you’re going to make in the coming year and you owe the tax on that money on January 1st. The government always said he was going to make more than he did and it wasn’t possible to get a timely refund and always a huge fight. You can’t fire workers unless you pay their pay and benefits for an additional five years. So, one Friday he locked everything up and immigrated to the US. He left it all to the government. He said it was the best decision he ever made. (He also said something in French which sounded like f*ck the b*st*rds.) He’s now managing a business here for somebody else.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 11:47:39 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: vette6387
Problem with your idea is that that too is probably illegal, unless Coke simply wanted to abandon their physical assets in Spain. Do you think that Spain would allow Coke to remove it’s mfg. equipment w/o some serious bucks paid to the government?

I can get around that. Simply "upgrade" the facilities with "new" equipment and pull out the essentials.

Let the spaniards find out when they try to start up the plants on their own that the "new equipment" is actually cheap Chinese mock-ups that look new but are entirely nonfunctional. Usually because they are made of styrofoam forms painted to look real and in some cases with wires coming out of them.

I would have everything I needed out of there in a flash, and all the essential employees would be enjoying a weeklong "vacation" (in reality physically relocating to the new work location) which would not be scheduled to end until just before the factories are due to open.

Take that, fascist overlords.

14 posted on 06/14/2014 11:49:56 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

People (even on FR) think that the problem with unions is pay and benefits. This is the real problem though. Unions want to run every aspect of the plant.

Coke is not going to go out of business over this but a business has to be able to hire, promote, and layoff as needed without interference from government. It’s often a matter of survival.


15 posted on 06/14/2014 11:55:24 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: lavaroise
Fanta is Nazi drink, yes.

Not true. Yes, Fanta was the WW2 brainchild of Max Keith, head of the German branch of Coca-Cola, but multiple sources assert that Keith was never a member of the Nazi party. It's unfair to suggest that every German alive 1939-45 was a Nazi.
16 posted on 06/14/2014 11:57:03 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The employees pretend to work, so I will pretend to pay them.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 11:58:11 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Coke should just shut down the rest of its plants.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

They should close ALL their plants there.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: vette6387
Problem with your idea is that that too is probably illegal, unless Coke simply wanted to abandon their physical assets in Spain. Do you think that Spain would allow Coke to remove it’s mfg. equipment w/o some serious bucks paid to the government?

What would the government do if a convoy of bulldozers showed up and started plowing the place down?

20 posted on 06/14/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: DeaconBenjamin

One of what were referred to as PIIGS in economics and investment business.

An Introduction To The PIIGS
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/12/countries-in-piigs.asp


21 posted on 06/14/2014 3:28:49 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"The plants are profitable but they are throwing us into the street," ... "It is a modern plant but they are shutting it just so they can make more profits"

If the plant is modern and profitable, how can it be more profitable to shut it down? Oh, right... Union labor.

22 posted on 06/14/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Chode

That’s odd, you don’t look Hispanic...


23 posted on 06/14/2014 4:22:24 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Teacher317

Who is John Galt?


24 posted on 06/14/2014 4:24:50 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Delta Dawn


25 posted on 06/14/2014 4:37:39 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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