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CCEP workers at UK-based site set to strike in June over pay
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26 May 2023

CCEP workers at UK-based site set to strike in June over pay

Hundreds of workers at the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) soft drink plant in Wakefield, UK, are set to strike for 14 days in June over unfair wages, Britain’s Unite union said. According to the union, the strike will commence between 8-22 June as a result of CCEP not paying workers "a fair wage which matches inflation”. It follows CCEP’s announcement of generated revenues of over £15 billion combined with an operating profit of £1.85 billion. The CCEP wage deal across different grades amounts to an average 6% increase. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Coca-Cola Europacific Partners is making profits in the billions, but it's delivering a pay cut to the very workers who are making them”. Graham added that CCEP's profits are up 37% and that “offering workers a real terms pay cut when business is booming is nothing short of corporate greed". The general secretary concluded: "The workforce is rightly furious at the company’s profiteering. The workers at Wakefield have Unite’s total support.” In a statement, CCEP said that it believed the pay rises it is offering are competitive within the market. The CCEP statement said: "In the current economic climate, we believe the pay rises that we are offering are very competitive within the market place. We also provide substantial additional benefits and bonuses to our colleagues, altogether this is an average total package of £46,900 for a colleague at Wakefield. We have also made a £1,000 payment to all frontline colleagues in the past twelve months to support the current cost of living challenges." The statement continued: “While Unite has chosen to proceed with industrial action, we remain fully committed to maintaining talks with our colleagues at our Wakefield site and their representatives to secure a constructive outcome. We have robust contingency measures in place and are confident that there will be no disruption to our trade customers.” The CCEP Wakefield plant can produce 360,000 cans per hour and 132,000 bottles per hour. You may also like to read:

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