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Coca Cola workers in Wakefield plan strike

Issue No. 2059

Workers at Coca Cola’s bottling and distribution plant in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, may strike over pay.

The Unite union said the 500-plus workers at the plant in were originally offered a pay increase of 2.5 percent, which was “not good enough”.

Some 82 percent of workers voted in favour of strike.

Workers are furious that management proposed to improve the offer by asking them to sacrifice overtime rates and bonuses.

Kelvin Mawer, Unite regional officer said, “This time it’s the real thing. Shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels now face the prospect of shortages of Coke during the height of the summer.

“One of the worlds most famous brands expect workers to shoulder the cost of a pay increase by sacrificing overtime rates and bonuses.”

The union is also preparing to ballot staff at the Coca Cola plant in Milton Keynes.

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Tue 10 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2059
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