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Wakefield cola workers to vote on strikes

Issue No. 2056

Hundreds of workers at a Coca-Cola distribution centre in West Yorkshire are to be balloted on strikes in a row over pay.

More than 500 workers at the site in Wakefield are angry at a pay offer worth 2.5 percent, the Unite union said.

The union warned that if its members took industrial action it could have a “devastating effect” on supplies to supermarkets and pubs across Britain.

Regional officer Kelvin Mawer said he was seeking talks with the firm.

Mawer said, “Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) now face the prospect of a strike which we believe will have a significant impact on supplies of Coca-Cola during the hottest months of the year.

“Wakefield is one of the most productive and cost-effective sites in the UK. Yet CCE are effectively proposing a pay cut in real terms.

“How can a business like CCE expect its employees to accept a pay offer far below the rate of inflation when the same employees have contributed to the success of the business?”

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Wed 20 Jun 2007, 15:15 BST
Issue No. 2056
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