Unions in the US have used an American football match in San Diego to launch protests against plans by Coca-Cola Enterprises to axe over 100 jobs in southern California.

The Teamsters union yesterday (14 January) chartered a plane to fly over the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego with a streaming banner reading: "Powerade Wants San Diego to Lose" - a message referring to CCE's planned job cuts in the US city and at other bottling and distribution sites in California.

The union claims that CCE is forcing the affected workers to re-apply for their jobs at the company's new Oceanside site. The plans broke the workers' "legal right" to transfer, the union said.

"Southern California workers have done their best by this company for decades, and this is no way to reward them," said Teamsters international vice president Jack Cipriani.

Officials at CCE could not be reached for comment.