Coke heads to court

by The Canadian Press

TORONTO, Ontario—Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada is seeking a court order to stop what it calls an “illegal blockade” by striking workers at some of their southern Ontario distribution centres.

About 700 workers at the company’s largest Canadian bottling facility in Brampton, Ontario went on strike on June 27 after talks between the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 973 and Coca-Cola broke down .

Pension benefits and outsourcing are the major issues in the dispute.

Workers have set up picket lines at the Brampton facility, the company’s head office in Toronto and five distribution facilities in Toronto, Kingston, London, Hamilton and Barrie.

Coca-Cola says picket lines have prevented their products from leaving some distribution facilities.

A union representative says they are not aware of any physical blockades at the distribution centres but that there are “verbal agreements” with site managers on how many trucks can move in and out of the facilities.