Strikes continue at Coca Cola

Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by The Manufacturer

The ongoing industrial action at Coca Cola’s bottling plant in North London continues today with workers once again downing tools.

The Edmonton plant’s 110 disgruntled members of the union Unite are striking because they are unhappy with a two per cent pay rise offer – something the union says does not reflect the true costs of living in the capital.
Moreover, Unite regional officer Wayne King has accused the company of refusing to negotiate. “Coca Cola need to negotiate with the union rather than dictate to their workers,” he said. “Our members are determined to achieve a fair pay deal. They will stand firm and continue to strike until Coke agrees to come back to the negotiating table and take part in meaningful discussions.

“This is one of the world’s most profitable companies, yet they continue to be intransigent, refusing to pay its workforce a wage that reflects their hard work and the rise in the cost of living.”

Coca Cola has previously stated that it believes its pay offer is fair and has counteracted Unite’s claims by saying the union’s officials abandoned negotiations while there was still the chance of resolution.

Today’s action will see day shift workers finish three hours early and night shift workers start three hours late.