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Coca Cola strike dates in Wakefield and Milton Keynes

Issue No. 2060

Workers at Coca Cola Enterprise's largest bottling and distribution centre – in Wakefield – will stage a series of 48 hour strikes on 26 and 27 July and 13 and 14 August.

The workers will also begin a continuous overtime ban from Monday 23 July. The Unite union estimate that Coca Cola enterprises will lose 1,000 working hours as a result of the overtime ban. The Wakefield manufacturing plant produces up to 6,000 cans and 1,650 bottles of soft drink every minute.

Some 82 percent of the workers voted for strike action. Unite is furious that management are asking the workers to sacrifice parts of their overtime rates and bonuses in return for an improvement the original offer of a 2.5 percent pay rise.

Unite Regional Officer, Kelvin Mawer said, “It's unacceptable that one of the world's most famous brands is offering workers a pay cut this year for their hard work. Shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels now face the prospect of shortages of Coca Cola during the height of the summer.”

Workers in the GMB at Coca Cola in Milton Keynes are on strike on 27 July.

Alan Costello, GMB Organiser said, “A pay increase of 2.5 percent is not enough frankly. The members are at the end of their patience and determined to show the company that they want a proper pay raise and that they want it now. GMB is available at anytime to attend talks with the company that will advance the situation.”

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Tue 17 Jul 2007, 19:46 BST
Issue No. 2060
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