Coca-Cola Enterprises GB

July 17, 2007 12:24 ET

Coca-Cola Enterprises Prepared for Industrial Action at its Milton Keynes and Wakefield Sites

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Further to this morning's statement from the Unite union, the GMB union, negotiating on behalf of 140 employees at Coca-Cola Enterprises' (CCE) Milton Keynes site today announced a strike on 27 July. Coca-Cola Enterprises had hoped through many weeks of discussions to be able to reach a fair mutual agreement without any industrial action.

The company's reward package for its employees in Great Britain is based on a careful strategy of reviewing the local market and benchmarking a range of leading peer companies to ensure the company offers a package of benefits which will be attractive to the best quality of staff.

As a result of CCE's benchmarking of the negotiated groups at Milton Keynes and Wakefield, the company found the average salary was significantly higher than comparative jobs in other companies in the area. The average salary for someone working in the negotiated groups in Milton Keynes or Wakefield is Pounds Sterling 32,000 plus a package of additional benefits including a final salary pension, healthcare, and share scheme. In addition CCE has been paying an extra Pounds Sterling 23 million a year above the normal level of investment since 2005 into its final salary pension scheme.

"We believe we have some of the best people in Coca-Cola Enterprises, and we want to reward them well. We are proud to continue to offer our employees a good rewards package and we continue to seek to pay more than most of our competitors" said Stephen Moorhouse, Vice President, Operations, Great Britain. "We cannot however justify a settlement at Milton Keynes and Wakefield of almost double the 2007 norm and feel this would be unfair to the rest of our associates across the rest of the British business."

Although Milton Keynes and Wakefield are both important sites for CCE, the company does not foresee customers having any supply problems. CCE also operates four other sites in Great Britain and has a network of external suppliers and strong stock levels in preparedness.

CCE takes pride in its customer service record and is consistently independently recognised as a leading consumer goods supplier to customers.

Stephen Moorhouse, Vice President Operations, Great Britain said, "We respect the rights of our colleagues in Milton Keynes and Wakefield but we are saddened by this decision, since we have really tried to be fair and offered a pay rise on top of what is already a market leading pay rate. This offer remains on the table. I'd like to reassure our customers that they can rely on us to keep delivering the supplies they need throughout the summer."

CCE is working with employees and their representatives to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

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