UK: Unions stage a demo over Coca-Cola job cuts in Wakefield

IUF affiliated Unite the Union, UK's largest union, called on the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to rethink its 'rigid' stance on seeking 47 job losses at its new automated warehouse in Kenmore Road.

The job losses are made up of 38 volunteers and 9 compulsory - but Unite says that 10 more workers have come forward for voluntary redundancy with similar skills, so there is no need for all the compulsory redundancies.

To reinforce the message, Unite organized a demonstration with IUF`s and EFFAT`s support at the Cola-Cola site on the industrial park, Wakefield between 17.00-20.00 on Thursday 19 December.

Do the right thing!

Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: "Throughout the consultation process, Unite has urged CCE to 'do the right thing' and allow those who volunteer for redundancy to go, thus ensuring there is no need for compulsory redundancies.

"Coca-Cola has received sufficient volunteers to allow the company to retain the right number of staff with the right skills, but it is still using this restructuring process  as an opportunity to make compulsory redundancies, and we believe this is just plain wrong.

"Unite recognizes the important role that CCE plays in the local Wakefield economy - but what it is proposing is too rigid and needs an urgent rethink."

According to CCE's website, the Wakefield plant was established in 1989 and employs 466 employees and is believed to be the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe.

In April, Unite denounced CC plans to axe a total of 300 employees from sites across the UK, including Wakefield, Bristol, north London, Sidcup, Northampton and East Kilbride, as a devastating blow. The decision was announced as a result of CCE`s plans to close its direct store delivery operation.

Please find the flyer in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch for solidarity with the workers at Wakefield, UK. This flyer was distributed to workers in CCE's plants in respective languages.

Flyer Wakefield Action-e.pdf69.77 KB
flyer-wakefield-action-f.pdf123.64 KB
flyer-wakefield-action-d.pdf149.82 KB
flyer-wakefield-action-es.pdf543.9 KB
flyer-wakefield-action-it.pdf137.67 KB
flyer-wakefield-action-dutch.pdf215.24 KB