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Heinz to hold strike negotiations?

Heinz workers in Wigan may be set to go on strike

18 November 2010

Heinz may be required to hold strike negotiations following the news workers at a factory in Wigan are to be balloted over taking industrial action.

The food manufacturer is offering employees at pay rise of 3.3 per cent followed by a subsequent three per cent increase next year, but trade union Unite, which has organised the move, has criticised the firm - famed for its tomato ketchup and baked beans - for not doing more.

"While they [Heinz] choose to spend rising profits showering shareholders in dividends and massive bonuses for management, loyal workers are told to take it or leave it with a below-inflation pay deal for two years," national officer for food and drink at Unite Jennie Formby stated.

The factory, which is located in the Kitt Green area of the town, employs around 1,200 people and produces 1.5 million tins of Heinz Beanz every day.

Unite is also currently overseeing strike negotiations with British Airways, whose cabin crew are involved in a long-running dispute over plans to cut costs.

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