|Issue No 78||17 November 2000|
Coca-Cola Hit by Racism Claims
By Andrew Casey
Allegations of Workplace Racism at Coca-Cola Australia have been taken to the Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria.
"Round 2 is coming watch out you dirty black c*nt" was the ugly wording of one e-mail message sent to an iquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union union delegate.
" We are concerned that the company is allowing a hostile atmosphere based on racism and discrimination to pervade the workplace," the LHMU's Victorian Branch Secretary, Brian Daley, said today.
" We are worried the company is ignoring their own EEO policies in a strategic attempt to silence one of our workplace delegates - who just happens to be a Black-Australian.
" Our delegate was born in Mauritius, and has worked for more than five years at Coca-Cola's Melbourne warehouse in suburban Clayton. He is one of their best employees and is prepared to stand up and represent the rights of his workmates," Brian Daley said.
" We have told the Equal Opportunity Commission that the company pays only lip-service to an EEO policy and has never, to the best of our knowledge, conducted any EEO training of employees.
Coca-Cola race case in the USA
" Unfortunately Coca-Cola - the world's largest soft-drink manufacturer - has recently had highlighted a long history of workplace racism at the parent company in the USA.
In June this year Coca-Cola, in America, settled a two-year old racial discrimination case in which damage claims were estimated by some sources to reach nearly $300 million.
" It took years for Coca-Cola in America to face up to their history of racism. We in Australia are not going to allow this problem to fester," Brian Daley said.
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