Unions call off Coca-Cola strike ballot

By Elaine Watson

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Unions call off Coca-Cola strike ballot
The threat of industrial action at Coca-Cola plants across the UK has been averted after unions agreed to call off a strike ballot and get back around the negotiating table.

Alan Costello, regional officer for members of the GMB union at Coca-Cola, told FoodManufacture.co.uk that the GMB and Unite unions were now engaged in constructive talks with company bosses at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).

He added: "Thankfully, we've managed to resolve the situation. The strike ballot result was due on Friday (June 25), but we've adjourned it.

“The major issue ​[with CCE] was a lack of consultation, and we've got to put a process in place to address this. But we've got a commitment to move forward together."

The decision to launch a formal ballot for industrial action​ was taken earlier this month, raising the possibility of a summer of strikes across 12 UK Coca-Cola sites.

Union members at these sites had already voted in favour of conducting a strike ballot in a consultative ballot held in the spring in a bid to secure national talks on major changes to key conditions of employment, including basic pay and pensions.

A CCE spokesman said: “We can confirm that following a productive meeting on June 21, CCE, Unite and GMB are committed to moving forward together to make our relationship as effective as possible in the future.

"Whilst notice to ballot was received at one of our sites, both the trade unions and CCE believe that the situation can be resolved without recourse to industrial action, and our positive discussions continue.”

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