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Strike negotiations might aid GSK

Staff at the firm's Ribena factory are voting on a strike.

07 January 2011

Strike negotiations may prove useful for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as staff at the company are considering whether to take action in protest over a pay freeze at the firm's Ribena factory.

Employees at the plant - in Coleford, Gloucester - have until January 14th to decide whether to start industrial movements.

Some 200 employees are set to vote following several months of discussions with management about the businesses refusal to give staff a pay rise.

Trade union Unite said: "GSK can easily afford to give its staff a decent pay increase. With inflation running at almost five per cent, a company worth billions is in effect giving loyal staff a pay cut."

Action could impact deliveries of the product to stores.

In September, AstraZeneca workers walked out over a row over pensions, the first strike in its history. GSK has stated it is "confident that it can resolve negotiations with unite in January'".  

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