Coca-Cola workers walk out in pay strike
Workers at Coca-Cola in Germany have downed tools in a pay dispute.
Posted by Ken Hayes
Coca-Cola's German staff have gone on strike over pay, with a substantial difference between the figure the NGG union wants and what the company is prepared to offer.
Workers at two plans in Bavaria downed tools and walked out today (Monday 21st January), the DPA news agency reported, in actions that are set to be followed by employees at 50 other Coca-Cola facilities around the country.
The NGG wants a pay rise of six per cent, whereas Coca-Cola is offering 2.5 per cent this year and two per cent in 2014.
Negotiators from the two sides are set to meet again on January 30th.
It is not just in Germany where pay issues have been at the heart of industrial action, with several trade unions representing staff at Bus Eireann in Ireland voting for strike action over cuts to pay, bonuses and overtime earlier this month.
Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union both voted for action over these issues.