Striking workers at a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in southern New Jersey have agreed a new four-year contract with their employers. The 300 workers of Teamsters Local 830 had been on strike at the plant since 13 August.

"This new agreement is an improvement over the last one," said Dan Grace, principal officer of Teamsters Local 830. "We fought off the company's attempt to force our members to pay a high cost for their health care coverage, plus we won an increase in wages and additional contributions to the pension programme."

The union represents the warehouse workers, production and bottling employees and delivery drivers at the Pepsi-Cola National Brand Beverages plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

The Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference has more than 15,000 members working in soft drink and beer bottling and production plants across the US.