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Heinz workers to strike over pay

Workers at food giant Heinz are to go on strike in a pay row.

Unite said its members at the firm's factory in Wigan will walk out for 24 hours from next Wednesday evening and launch a continuous ban on overtime.

The action was agreed at a mass meeting after workers rejected a pay offer of 3.3% this year and 3% the following year.

Unite warned that the stoppage will lead to two million fewer cans, including Heinz beans and soups, being produced.

Speaking after the mass meeting, Jennie Formby, Unite's national officers for food and drink, said: "The mood of the meeting was angry and determined. Heinz have left our members with no choice but to stand firm and fight for a fair pay deal.

"They are treating its loyal and long-serving workforce disgracefully. It's our members that helped them make its vast profits yet they are still refusing to table an improved offer that reflects their hard work.

"Make no mistake, this strike will hit Christmas production.

"Our members are absolutely determined to win fair pay and we are determined to see that they get it. Unless Heinz forks out a fairer deal, then strike action will go ahead."

Just over 1,100 workers will be involved in the strike.

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