Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 17, 2007 06:32 ET

Coca Cola Strike Dates

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Workers at Coca Cola Enterprise's largest bottling and distribution centre will stage a series of 48 hour strikes on 26th and 27th July and 13th and 14th August.

The workers will also begin a continuous overtime ban from Monday 23rd July. Unite estimate that Coca Cola enterprises will lose 1000 working hours as a result of the overtime ban. The Wakefield manufacturing plant produces up to 6,000 cans and 1,650 bottles of soft drink every minute.

82% of the workers who voted favoured strike action. If the strike goes ahead, the action could have a devastating effect on supplies of Coca Cola, Oasis, Dr. Pepper and various other Coca Cola brands. Shops, supermarkets, vending machines, pubs and hotels across the UK will be affected.

Unite and CCE are continuing to negotiate to resolve the dispute and avoid any industrial action.
Unite is furious that management are asking the workers to pay an increase by sacrificing parts of their overtime rates and bonuses to improve the original offer of 2.5%. Coca Cola has enjoyed significant profits and a rise in stock market value.

Unite Regional Officer, Kelvin Mawer said:

"It's unacceptable that one of the world's most famous brands is offering workers a pay cut this year for their hard work. Shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels now face the prospect of shortages of Coca Cola during the height of the summer. "

Notes to Editor

Coca Cola Enterprises Wakefield employs 517 Staff including manufacturing and distribution technicians, local delivery drivers and distribution technician operatives.

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