Workers from three bottling units located in North India are reportedly unhappy with the Cola major Coca-Cola's decision to sell business. Unhappy workers have resorted to a strike at Dasna and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. A third plant in Jammu is also reported as facing production issues.A handful of angry workers tweeted to the Prime Minister and several news channels to share their anguish. According to a tweet, two workers have died of heart-attack post the news on change in management.
A month ago, Coca-Cola's subsidiary Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages announced that it was selling the bottling operations to Kandhari Beverages, Moon beverages, and Ladhani group (SLMG beverages). A Mint report quoted an anonymous person as saying that 500-600 workers of the three plants were unhappy with the company's decision to change management and thereby decided to protest.
A change in management was expected by December 9 at the Dasna plant. Negotiations for at least 359 workers working at the site is still underway. A similar change was expected for the Varanasi plant which was supposed to on-board SLMG management on December 10. However with workers expressing doubt over security of job, and uncertainty of work, the change is taking longer than usual.
Here are a handful tweets:
Employees are protesting against #cocacola management in #ghaziabad #dasna plant. @Gen_VKSingh @MP_Meerut @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath @abhishek9192007 @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/NrQQY0n9TB— Devrishi Sharma (@Devrish01754215) December 12, 2019
#hccb_crisis #coke_crisis— Subhash Singh (@Subhashpintoo) December 13, 2019
Peaceful protest is going on in @CocaCola_Ind @CocaColaCo India factory Dasna Plant against selling of employees to franchisee unit without prior information @PMOIndia @aajtak @ABPNews @ZeeNews @BBCWorld #UKElection #GeneralElection2019 #HarryStyles pic.twitter.com/f5WyctOu1m
#hccb_crisis #coke_crisis #hccb_dasna After ninth day still #HCCB management is enjoying on their wrong decision of sold north India buisness to lala company, which has killed two employees by Heart Attack.@myogiadityanath @MP_Meerut @ManojTiwariMP— Abhishek Pandey #IamAgniveer (@abhishek9192007) December 13, 2019
Although official sources have declined to comment on the matter, an executive with knowledge of the transaction was reported as explaining the paper that a "transition of such scale takes time and as it is a lean season for the beverage business in north of India, the plants are also undergoing regular maintenance."
*The story is based on social accounts as Sify.com could not independently verify the facts.