By Max Clarke
Workers at Heinz’s Kitt Green plant in Wigan have today announced further strikes, with a 24 hour walk out scheduled for the 21st.
Last week approximately 1,200 workers took part in the 24 hour walkout that cost the factory some 2 million cans from its production lines. The workers, organised under the Unite Union, are protesting Heinz’s decision to increase pay by 3.3 and 3.0% for 2010 and 2011, despite a reported 37% increase in profits for 2010.
The pay rises do not match ‘spiralling costs of living’, and workers report management and shareholders have been unfairly rewarded by proceeds from the company’s healthy profit margins.
The plant’s vice president Jaap Wilburs, attempted to reach a deal with the strikers by contacting them at their homes, but as yet the strike- supported by 90% of workers- has not been reconsidered.