Collective commitment and union strength to improve pay equity

Finally a good agreement for Coca-Cola employees

It is with great pleasure that the OGBL announces its victory for the 70 employees of Coca-Cola Luxembourg, the fruit of an unprecedented collective commitment.

Friday the 13th would have been a bad omen! For the OGBL, it was not, because the day after the picket organized in front of the Coca-Cola Luxembourg headquarters, an agreement in principle was reached between the OGBL and management on the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement for the company’s employees until October 13, 2023. Obviously, this good news is not a coincidence, but rather the result of the commitment, the determination, the involvement and, above all, the strong actions of the union, hand in hand with the company’s staff delegation.

The two-year agreement, covering the period from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024, will be signed in the next few days. The advances made mainly concern the improvement of the purchasing power of the company’s employees. Here are the details:

  • For 2023:
    • A one-time bonus of 700 euros for all employees, consisting of a 350-euro bonus and 250-euro net gift vouchers.
    • Almost 38% increase in on-call bonuses
    • 12.5% increase in the uniform maintenance bonus.
  • By 2024:
    • An additional vacation day for every employee, with guarantees to prevent absorption in the event of legislative changes.
    • A gift voucher worth 150 euros net as of July 1, 2024
    • 1.4% salary increase, including a 0.9% salary increase on January 1, 2024, as well as an increase in the value of meal vouchers to a face value of 12.20 euros – in addition to the salary increase, this represents a net increase in purchasing power for employees of over 300 euros!

This agreement is a collective victory, because thanks to the OGBL’s efforts to maintain dialogue and ensure that the workers’ voices are heard, the impact of the total wage package has been multiplied by 10 since negotiations began – a good step towards a fairer distribution of the company’s wealth, of which the workers are the architects!

OGBL Commerce Syndicate press release, October 16, 2023