Blog: Olly WehringCoca-Cola staff use Pepsi to get up Coke’s nose

Olly Wehring | 10 December 2007

There’s worker protest, and then there’s worker protest. How’s this for a way of really winding up your boss if you have a grievance?

A group of around 70 workers at Coca-Cola’s facility in Moorabin, Australia, decided that they’d get some Pepsi Cola in for their Christmas party, after their employer allegedly said the event was not sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Local reports over the weekend claimed that the protest followed complaints from Coca-Cola’s workers that the company no longer held sit-down Christmas functions at each of its sites.

“I dipped into my own pocket and bought 10 slabs of Pepsi for the guys,” State Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union organiser, Spiros Vasilakis, told the Herald-Sun.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola Amatil, told the paper. “It’s not like we are ungenerous. All our employees get four cases of Coca-Cola product every month.

“It’s unfortunate that they decided to support the competitor’s brand at their party. It’s just shoddy.”

Vasilakis countered: “We’re hoping that they pull their socks up and start listening to their employees.”


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