Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 06, 2007 10:22 ET

Supplies of Coca Cola Under Threat as Workers Vote to Strike

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - Coca Cola Enterprises face the prospect of a series of 24 hour strikes at one of the world's largest bottling and distribution centres as workers overwhelmingly voted for strike action today.

82% of the workers who voted favoured strike action. The 24/7 Wakefield operation produces 200 million cans of Coke a week. 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:

"This time it's the real thing. Shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels now face the prospect of shortages of Coke during the height of the summer.

One of the world's most famous brands expect workers to shoulder the cost of a pay increase by sacrificing overtime rates and bonuses.

We are urging Coca Cola Enterprises to be more realistic and make an offer which does not insult the intelligence of the hardworking staff at Coca Cola Enterprises."

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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