Coca-Cola workers set to down tools for second time in ongoing pay dispute

Workers at Coca-Cola’s Milton Keynes facility are staging a second strike next week, as the row over pay continues.

Unite, the union leading the industrial action, is furious that management have offered a pay deal of 2.5% when the company has enjoyed significant profits and a rise in stock market value.

More than 100 of its members at the manufacturing site joined the 24-hour walkout yesterday after rejecting a 2.5% pay offer.

Another 12-hour strike, planned for 3-4 September, follows walkouts earlier this month from the Coca-Cola Enterprises’ largest distribution and bottling site in Wakefield.

Unite regional officer, Craig Smith, said: “Given that Coca-Cola Enterprises make significant profits, we are not prepared to see our members’ wages cut. Their hard work has delivered the profits for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Their mortgages, gas bills and council tax have all increased, but their pay has fallen flat.

“We are prepared to re-open negotiations to help resolve the dispute, but our members are also adamant that the dispute could continue.”

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