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Refresco-Gerber workers hit back at plans to cut pay and worsen conditions

Issue No. 2445

Refresco-Gerber strikers

Refresco-Gerber strikers (Pic: Roy Winter)

Manufacturing workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, walked out in the seventh of 11 planned 36-hour strikes at fruit juice maker Refresco-Gerber last week.

The Unite union members are furious at plans to cut pay and worsen conditions in a bid to boost profits following a recent merger.

Bosses’ plans include cuts to sick pay, overtime and bank holiday pay, holiday entitlement, shift allowances and pay protection.

This would put new staff on about £5,000 less than long-term employees—some would lose £8,000 a year. More than 430 workers are involved in the action.

Unite officer Roy Winter said, “We are talking here of corporate greed. Refresco-Gerber is making a bad mistake.”

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Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2445
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