First, there were the pushes ordered from above. Then, without ceremony, the punches came, even against women. At the end, they resorted to tasers and stun guns. On Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., the labor dispute at the largest Coca-Cola plant in Europe (450 employees) has been “resolved” by its security service.
It was the latest manifestation of a protest that has generated bad publicity against the global beverage brand for weeks. Adl Cobas union started the struggle with the workers of internal logistics, mostly migrants. First, they striked with their leaders on March 8 in front of the gates at via Molino di Sopra; then, the police in riot gear occupied the factory roof; on March 11; a procession went from the church to the town hall (for the first time in 42 years of activity of Coca Cola in Nogara).
Adl Cobas defended 14 layoffs due to “redundancies,” including 12 union members and two representatives from the RSU [Italian acronym of Single Union representative]. On Wednesday, they all went back to the plant’s entrance, where they engaged in scuffles with the security personnel until the unprecedented culminating episode of “tasers” used against the protesters. Two victims needed medical care at Legnago hospital.