Coca-Cola in Wakefield urged to rethink compulsory job...

Coca-Cola in Wakefield urged to rethink compulsory job losses

17 December 2013

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) in Wakefield has been urged to rethink its compulsory redundancy drive as more than enough staff have come forward to go voluntarily.

Unite, the country’s largest union, called on the company 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 will be arranging a demonstration at the Cola-Cola site on the industrial park, Wakefield (WF2 0XR) between 17.00-20.00 on Thursday 19 December.

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 recognises 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 the company’s website, the Wakefield plant was established in 1989 and employs 466 employees. It is the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe.


For further information contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

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Notes to editors

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.