Coca Cola Boycott launched in Belfast
One of the best known bars in Belfast "The
John Hewitt Bar and Restaurant" in Donegal Street has responded
to an international call from trades unionist in Colombia to boycott
Coca Cola after a number of workers in plants bottling Coca Cola
were murdered. On Saturday 11th October a statement was given to
customers in the bar which read:
"The John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant
Following a call from the Colombian Food
& Drinks Workers Union SINALTRAINAL, The Belfast Unemployed
Resource Centre and the John Hewitt Bar have decided to support
the boycott and have removed Coca Cola from its shelves.
The call was made because of unjust and
violent treatment of union workers in Coca Cola plants in South
America which has resulted in the deaths of several union workers"
The response of customers in the John Hewitt,
which has won numerous awards over the last few years since it opened
was overwhelmingly positive.
The Hewitt boycott is the first official
response in Ireland to the call from the Colombian trade union but
students in University College Dublin are voting on a referendum
on the issue on Monday and Tuesday 13th &14th October and if
the vote is carried it means that the largest student campus in
Ireland will stop selling Coca Cola in its outlets. Supporters of
are working to spread the boycott further afield in the hope that
the Coca Cola company will be forced take steps to prevent further
murders of workers in their bottling plant subsidiaries in Colombia.
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