Workers at Coca Cola plant in the UK are to vote on industrial action in a pay dispute

Workers at Coca Cola plant in the UK are to vote on industrial action in a pay dispute

Workers at drinks giant Coca Cola are to vote on whether to take industrial action over a pay offer described as "insulting" by their union.

Unite said it had "no option" but to ballot its members working in distribution centres across the UK over a 2.3% pay offer.

National officer Jennie Formby said: "Unite is balloting its members at Coca-Cola Enterprises in response to the paltry pay offer by the company which amounts to less then half of RPI inflation.

"It is insulting to the workforce that this vastly profitable multi-national is refusing to listen to its employees and acknowledge their contribution to the success of the organisation.

"The ballot has come after Unite and its workplace representatives exhausted every possible option to reach a fair settlement through negotiation, but the union has been left with no option now but to ballot members for industrial action.

"With global revenues up 40% at £6.5 billion this year, it is unacceptable that Coca-Cola Enterprises plans to reward its workers with the bitter taste of pay cuts. The effect of this pay offer is a pay cut for already low paid distribution workers."

Unite said it will be balloting workers based at Bristol, East Kilbride, Edmonton, Enfield, Exeter, Northampton and Sidcup.

A Coca-Cola Enterprises spokesman said: "CCE is very disappointed by the rejection of the company's pay offer and the trade union's intent to ballot for industrial action.

"The pay negotiations affect around 230 of our employees (5% of our GB-based employees) who have driving or warehouse roles across some of our distribution depots.

"We are committed to ongoing dialogue with all these employees and the unions, and we firmly believe that continuing dialogue - unlike industrial action - offers the prospect of a constructive outcome."