More

    Gloucestershire Lucozade workers to strike 

    Over 180 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by Suntory Beverage & Food in Coleford, Gloucestershire, will begin a week of strike action on Monday (5) after management failed to address the cost-of-living crisis.

    Workers received a two year pay deal effective from April 1 2022, with a commitment from the employer to review the second year’s increase, should inflation exceed five per cent between January to June 2023.

    The inflation rate far exceeded this but the one-billion-pound Suntory Beverage & Food, which produces household name drinks including Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport and Ribena, has not met expectations in relation to this commitment.

    Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said, Suntory is awash with cash and it is reprehensible that it is has failed to give our members a fair pay increase. 

    “Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always puts the jobs, pay and conditions of its members first. The workers at Suntory have Unite’s complete support.”

    As a result of the lack of loyalty to the deal, workers will take part in strikes for the first time at The Royal Forest Factory since the 1970s. This could swiftly lead to shortages of Lucozade and Ribena and result in empty supermarket shelves. 

    Unite regional officer, Michael Hobbs, added: “The strike action will inevitably result in shortages of consumers favourite drinks, but Suntory has brought this strike on its self due to it unreasonable actions.

    “Our members have been pushed to their limit because of the continuous disrespect shown by Suntory and its inability to address the current impact of the cost-of-living crisis on its workers.”

    Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I supply chain director Karl Ottomar, “We are in active discussions with our trade union and our employee representatives to secure a fair and positive outcome for everyone.

    “Our current remuneration package makes us a very competitive employer in the region. The employees taking part have received two pay increases in addition to a one-off additional payment since 2022 in recognition of their work and to support with the cost-of-living crisis.

    “We have also invested heavily in the modernisation of our historic Coleford site, including a £13m bottling line in 2020. To support our trade customers, we have business continuity plans to ensure minimal disruption through this period. During this week, the factory will remain open with production lines still producing drinks for customers nationwide.

    Latest

    Appeal lodged over shop plan refusal

    By Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter Controversial plans to convert...

    Give c-store winning edge with sports, protein product line

    Soft drinks and snacks are good but going a...

    Store owner caught on his own CCTV cameras selling illegal tobacco

    By Tony Gardner, Local Democracy Reporter A convenience store owner...

    Investors tempted by brewers as spirits sales falter

    Investors are warming to beer stocks as a relatively...

    Don't miss

    Appeal lodged over shop plan refusal

    By Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter Controversial plans to convert...

    Give c-store winning edge with sports, protein product line

    Soft drinks and snacks are good but going a...

    Store owner caught on his own CCTV cameras selling illegal tobacco

    By Tony Gardner, Local Democracy Reporter A convenience store owner...

    Investors tempted by brewers as spirits sales falter

    Investors are warming to beer stocks as a relatively...

    Dairy alternatives may be forced to change branding

    Dairy alternatives may have to change their names if...

    Appeal lodged over shop plan refusal

    By Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter Controversial plans to convert a former pub into a convenience store are set to be decided by a government-appointed...

    Give c-store winning edge with sports, protein product line

    Soft drinks and snacks are good but going a few steps ahead and keeping sports and protein products can give a much-needed boost to...

    Store owner caught on his own CCTV cameras selling illegal tobacco

    By Tony Gardner, Local Democracy Reporter A convenience store owner has lost licence after being caught on camera selling illicit tobacco to his customers. Police used...