1. BUCARAMANGA: MORE DEATH THREATS AGAINST COCA-COLA WORKER AND TRADE UNIONISTS
On 17 November 2004 at about midday, paramilitaries delivered the following message to the headquarters of the regional CUT in Bucaramanga, Santander:
"This threat is directed towards those trade unionists who oppose the governor, the mayor and those private companies who are supporting the policies of the government of Dr Alvaro Uribe Velez. We inform you that we have made a military judgment to force you from the areas under our influence, or to kill you..."
Please read this report and take action to save the lives of the threatened unionists. Please send e-mails to Uribe and Santos. And while you're at it, call 1-800-GET-COKE and ask what the company is going to do to protect Coke worker and SINALTRAINAL leader Efrain Guerrero who is one of the theatened workers.
Read the report
2. Oberlin College Bans Coke
We have been notified by our contact at Oberlin College that Coke will be removed from their campus. This is the letter sent by Oberlin's president, Nancy Dye, to the college purchasing committee, announcing her decision to ban coke products:
November 10, 2004
Sarah Bishop, Chair
Campus Purchasing Committee
Thank you for your fine letter regarding the recommendation of the College Purchasing Committee about the sale of Coca-Cola products on campus. I greatly appreciate the thoroughness with which your committee did its job in asking the Workers Rights Consortium for help in investigating the allegations of violence against trade unionists abetted by the Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners in Colombia.
I have great respect for the Workers Rights Consortium and its integrity, and I am quite dismayed that the Coca-Cola Corporation has refused to cooperate with any independent investigation of its subsidiaries in Colombia. I have reviewed your comprehensive set of findings and recommendations and have decided to end the sale of Coca-Cola products on Oberlin's campus, unless and until the Purchasing Committee recommends otherwise.
I will ask our College Dining Services as well as the Oberlin College Inn to discontinue use and sale of Coca-Cola products in all food services as well as vending machines, and I will include a copy of your letter as an explanation about why we are taking this action.
Many thanks to the Purchasing Committee for your careful and comprehensive review.
We are seeking your help to stop a gruesome cycle of murders, kidnappings, and torture of union leaders and organizers involved in daily life-and-death struggles at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia, South America.
"If we lose the fight against Coca-Cola, we will first lose our union, next our jobs and then our lives." SINALTRAINAL VIce President Juan Carlos Galvis
"We believe the evidence shows that Coca-Cola and its corporate network are rife with immorality, corruption and complicity in murder."
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke/Corporate Campaign, Inc. Director Ray Rogers