Coca-Cola strikes to continue

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Workers at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) bottling plant in Edmonton, London, are set to take more direct action. More strikes are planned, with trade...

Workers at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) bottling plant in Edmonton, London, are set to take more direct action.

More strikes are planned, with trade union Unite claiming that the company is refusing to "enter into meaningful negotiations over a two year pay offer". Workers are being offered two per cent in 2010 and are likely to receive the same again in 2011.

Jennie Formby, Unite's national officer said: "Our members at Coca Cola in Edmonton are standing firm and will continue to strike until Coca-Cola Enterprises agree to enter into meaningful discussions to try to reach a fair deal.

"We want to see a deal that reflects our members' hard work and the continuing rise in the cost of living in such an expensive city."

The action will be discontinuous strike action with members who work the day shifts starting at 6am and finishing at 3pm instead of 6pm. Night shift workers will start at 9pm instead of 6pm hours, meaning there will be no production at the site between 3pm and 9pm

A spokesman for CCE said: "This is disappointing as we remain open to further dialogue with all our employees and the union. We continue to believe this offers the prospect of a constructive outcome, and that the pay offer we have made is fair in the current climate."

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