Coca-Cola Enterprises has been the target of further union action.

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) yesterday (20 March) passed a resolution calling on CCE to stop what it claims are cutbacks in healthcare and retirement benefits for its workers. The union also called for CCE to cease its alleged attempts in the US to replace union workers with new, non-union employees.

The resolution was submitted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents around 14,000 CCE and Coca-Cola workers across the US, at the IUF congress in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

"We thank the unions worldwide who have pledged to stand with us for a fair deal for Coke workers," said Jack Cipriani, director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.

"Workers made Coke the world's best-selling soft drink. Instead of sharing the rewards, Coke and CCE are destroying job security, pension benefits and health care coverage for the workers and their families. Meanwhile, the former CEO of CCE was awarded US$10m in cash, stock and other perks in his lavish severance package. It's just not right."

The Teamsters union has taken exception to planned job cuts at CCE, announced earlier this year, at a time when Coke executives have portrayed their economic outlook as "solid", the union said.