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Coke workers have the bottle to strike

Issue No. 2218

Workers at Coca Cola’s plant in Edmonton, north London, were set to hold two six-hour strikes on Wednesday over pay.

The 110 Unite union members produce an incredible two million bottles of cola every 24 hours.

They make massive profits for the multinational, only to be treated like dirt.

Bosses have offered a 2 percent “pay rise”—really a pay cut once inflation is taken into account.

Unite regional officer Wayne King called it “a derisory deal… it is not an offer, it is an attempt to get the union involved in their swindle.

“The size of the vote in favour of action shows that the workers are just not falling for it.”

Workers rejected the pay offer and voted 81 percent to strike.

The Wednesday stoppages at the plant in Nobel Road were set to bring all production lines to a halt.

It will be the first of a series of similar strikes over the following weeks, the union added.

Coca Cola made £2.5 billion profits in the first six months of this year alone.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2218
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