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Heinz workers on strike again, and another date planned

Issue No. 2232

Workers at food giant Heinz struck today (Tuesday) as part of their continuing fight for decent pay.

The Unite union said around 1,200 of its members at the firm's site in Wigan staged a 24-hour walkout.

The workers went on strike last week after rejecting a two-year pay offer of 3.3 percent and 3 percent – as inflation hits 4.7 percent.

Unite national officer Jennie Formby said, 'The company is shamefully trying to smear this workforce as grasping for more cash even though, year on year, they have worked extremely hard to deliver whacking great profits for Heinz.

'With Heinz's profit margins extremely healthy at 37 percent, the workers rightly feel that the company is vastly wealthy and can easily afford to help them meet the spiralling costs of living.

'Heinz's refusal to do so is made worse when they continue to shower rewards on managers and the shareholders. The hypocrisy of 15 percent bonuses for well-paid managers but wage freezes for ordinary workers is staggering.'

A further 24-hour strike is planned from 9.50pm on Wednesday 29 December.

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Tue 21 Dec 2010, 11:16 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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