Canning supplier is latest to face strike action

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Unite members at Crown Bevcan Carlisle will strike throughout June
Unite members at Crown Bevcan Carlisle will strike throughout June

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Crown Bevcan, the packaging and canning supplier, is not commenting on news that its Carlisle factory could be hit by strike action this summer.

Unite the Union has said that an estimated 200 workers, who have already taken two days of strike action over a 3% pay offer, will strike on 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 June. 

The union claimed the factory strikes could hit summer supplies of Coca-Cola, Heineken, Brewdog and Magners, although this has not been confirmed by the drinks companies or Crown Bevcan. 

Unite said the tin can production workers are seeking a pay deal that reflects rising living costs.

Living costs crisis

“Crown Bevcan in Carlisle is part of a hugely profitable business empire," ​said Unite general secretary Sharon Graham. "It can easily afford to pay workers a wage that will help combat this punishing living costs crisis.” 

“Our members at Crown Bevcan Carlisle have the union’s absolute backing in their fight for fair pay.”

Unite regional officer Malcolm Carruthers said: “These strikes will impact day and night shifts at the factory and will escalate if the dispute is not resolved. 

Industrial action

“There is still time to avoid industrial action, but that requires the company to return to the negotiating table with an offer that meets our members' expectations.”

Food Manufacture​ contacted the Carlisle site but the company is not commenting on the impending strike action. 

The news of this strike follows that of Budweiser workers that have announced a series of summer strikes​ following its ongoing pay dispute. A total of 255 GMB members working at its Salmesbury site, near Preston, are to go out on strike in June due to an ongoing pay dispute.  




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