UK: CCE Wakefield workers get ready for strike
Workers from the Coca-Cola Enterprises' Wakefield site plan to stage two strikes on 26-27 July and 13-14 August, according to the company.
The soft drinks giant said today (19 July) that it had hoped, through many weeks of discussions, to be able to reach a fair and mutual agreement without any industrial action.
CCE confirmed last month that it was engaged in pay negotiations at its Wakefield site in the UK. Workers are reported to be angry at a pay offer worth 2.5%.
Stephen Moorhouse, vice president of operations said: "We respect the rights of our colleagues in 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."
Although Wakefield is an important site for CCE, the company has said that it "does not foresee customers having any supply problems."
CCE is working with employees and their representatives to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
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