The trade union that has waged a long battle against an early retirement programme proposed by the Nestle-owned Perrier business has eight days to appeal against the latest proposals.

Nestle Waters France unit said on Friday that the the Communist-affiliated CGT union, which represents a majority of Perrier workers has eight days before the scheme becomes legally applicable.

Following a central works meeting, the company has reached agreemen twith two uniosn. However, CGT refused to sign the deal that will see up to 860 workers who would qualify for an early retirement scheme not replaced.

In a bitter battle, Nestle has even gone so far as to threaten to sell off Perrier should the unions not agree to its terms.