Strike at CCE France: Clamart obtains a 4,5% increase, Grigny and Dunkirk go on

French Coca-Cola workers at the Clamart production site obtained an overall salary increase of 4.5% last Saturday 26 April, according to CFDT representative Christian Jurcenoks. The raise includes an overall increase of 3.2%, with the remaining 1.3% depending on merit. This increase is an offer that hasn't been negotiated unions with and will be subject to a review in October should inflation be higher overall increase.

According to the CFDT representative at the site, management also "re-engaged" in discussions at a national level over the issue of the monthly bonus of EUR 80 that was granted to the Pennes-Mirabeau (Marseille) site only because of - according to management - price increases in real estate due to the recent high-speed train TGV South-East connection. Strikers claim that given generalised price increases and at a national level, the purchasing power of wages at CCE France overall is low. This bonus, along with wage raise claims, is also at the heart of worker actions at the Grigny (Essonne) and Dunkirk (North) CCE sites where the action continues, on strike since April 17.
Incoming supplies and delivery trucks at most locations were halted for more than 7 days and production was stopped or severely disrupted.
Industrial action started spontaneously around the issue of below real inflation rates wage increases and the 80 EUR monthly bonus while unions-company "annual compulsory negotiations" on wages were ongoing. CCE Management holds its position is that wage increases at CCE over the past years have always been above inflation rates and that the current company overall offer amounts to a 5-6% increase.
Reports also have it that CCE filed legal charges against the CGT, the CFDT and FO at the Evry court for halting production at some sites. Hearings at the Evry were due on 29 April, 2008.