Coca-Cola braced for further strikes this week

By Elaine Watson

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Coca-Cola braced for further strikes this week
Production at Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Edmonton (CCE’s) factory will be disrupted again tomorrow and Thursday as members of the Unite union continue to protest at the firm’s “stingy” offer of a 2% pay rise.

Unite regional officer Wayne King told that industrial action would continue until CCE agreed to “enter into meaningful discussions to try to reach a fair deal”.

He added: “The fact that staff at other CCE sites have accepted 2% is not relevant [​to our dispute]. Edmonton is very profitable and we have consistently smashed all of the targets set for the site. We believe that the offer should be more in line with the real cost of living.”

More than 100 union members at the plant’s 150-strong workforce have downed tools in six-hour blocks during Wednesdays and Thursdays in recent weeks after talks with ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) broke down.

CCE said the stoppages had not impacted customer service. Its offer of a 2% rise in basic pay for staff at the site was “fair in the current climate”,​ added a spokeswoman.

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