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Milton Keynes Coca-Cola strike over flat pay

Issue No. 2067

Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in Milton Keynes struck over pay on Monday.

Some 140 workers in the Unite and GMB unions are furious that management only offered to improve their 2.5 percent offer if the workers sacrificed overtime rates and bonuses.

Craig Smith, Unite’s regional officer, said, “Given that Coca-Cola Enterprises make significant profits, we are not prepared to see our members’ wages cut.

“Their hard work has delivered the profits for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Their mortgages, gas bills and council tax have all increased but their pay has fallen flat.”

Alan Costello, GMB organiser said, “Senior company managers have scuppered attempts to resolve this pay dispute. A below inflation pay offer in this profitable company is not acceptable.

“Giving workers the choice of a cut in real income or losing pay to secure a better deal is a formula for engendering bitterness and lack of trust.

“Reports of the top directors getting 37 percent pay rises does rub it in.

“If the senior managers refuse to come up with an improved offer members will have to take the case directly to them.”

The workers also walked out on Thursday of last week for 24 hours and an overtime ban continues.

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Tue 4 Sep 2007, 18:44 BST
Issue No. 2067
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