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More strike negotiations on the cards for Coca-Cola

Strike negotiations at Coca-Cola are back on after previous talks broke down.

13 September 2010

Negotiations over a pay dispute at Coca-Cola's north London are back on the cards following threats of a fresh wave of strikes.

Members of the Unite Union had put a halt to plans for a strike on Wednesday after agreeing to sit down with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and thrash out a pay deal.

But talks, held at conciliation service Acas, broke down, prompting workers to resume plans to take industrial action in protest at the two per cent pay offer being offered to them.

Further negotiations are likely to now take place, as the union feels this is offer is unacceptable due to it being less than the current rate of inflation.

"Coca-Cola Enterprises has unfortunately failed to come to these talks in good faith," said Wayne King, regional officer at Unite.

"Despite the opportunity for progress presented by the Acas talks, CCE offered exactly the same as before – that is, a real terms pay cut."

However, an official for the soft drinks company claimed that Unite officials left before an agreement could be thrashed out.

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