Colombia’s Coca-Cola plant in the remote Colombian town of Ciudad Bolivar has been the subject of protests in recent months, with workers occupying the plant and staging sit-ins to demand pay and conditions.
The Colombian government, however, has been reluctant to step in, insisting it has “a long history of co-operation” with the union that represents the workers.
In a move that could be seen as a compromise between the union and Coca-Colombia, the Colombian government announced on Friday that it would allow workers to resume their unionised work.
The announcement followed weeks of talks between the government and the union, which were also attended by a delegation of Colombia’s president.
On Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government was “disappointed” with Coca-colombia’s decision, but did not mention the protests.
The government, which had repeatedly accused the union of breaking its commitments to the government, has since announced it would give the workers a one-month reprieve.
Coca- Colombia has also said it will take steps to make its factory in Ciudadoran Bolivarian, which produces the popular cola, more environmentally friendly.
The plant was built in 2009 and has about 1,500 employees, including 600 from the Colombian army, according to the company.
Colombia is one of the world’s top producers of Coca-Bols and has the world largest Coca-Coke bottling facility.
The workers have staged several sit-in protests over the past two years.