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Jobs could be slashed at Sidcup Coca-Cola plant

PUBLISHED: 10:12 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 April 2013

The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Sidcup

The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Sidcup

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Almost 300 jobs could be cut at Coca-Cola factories across the country, including 25 from the bottling plant in Sidcup, as the drinks industry giant changes the way it distributes its products.

There will be 288 redundancies in total in Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) plants in Sidcup, Bristol, East Kilbride, North London, Northampton and Wakefield as the company announced it is going to cease its direct store delivery operation, it was announced yesterday (April 22).

Union Unite, of whom 160 of the drivers to be made redundant work for, called it a “devastating blow for our members and their families, especially in the current economic climate of austerity, welfare cuts and now rising unemployment.”

Jennie Formby, Unite’s national officer for food and drink, added: “It is too early to make a detailed analysis of the announcement. However, our immediate priority must be to get full details of the reasoning behind this decision and to examine what alternatives there could be for our members.”

A spokesman for CCE said: “Following a strategic review, we are proposing to end our direct delivery service in Great Britain. This service is primarily used by foodservice outlets and we have identified the need for a more efficient way of distributing our products to these customers.

“We have now started a full consultation on these proposals with our employee representative bodies and the Unite trade union. If these changes were implemented they could result in the loss of approximately 288 roles from a total workforce in Great Britain of 4,400.”

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