The ongoing pay restructuring at Cott Beverages drinks factory at West Yorkshire could see the wages of skilled workers chopped, making them worse off, employees at the factory have said.

Workers at the Cott’s Bondgate site were notified about the ongoing pay scales review which will not spare any of the 140 production staff at the factory.  The company claimed that the review was designed to ensure fair and equal pay for all the persons employed in the same roles across its business.

But some of the workers claimed that the pay restructuring could result in around 40 “multi-skilled” employees staring at a massive pay cut.

One employee, who requested for anonymity, alleged that workers were irritated, and low morale abounded at the plant. Unfortunately, the company was not listening to them.

‘Going Through the Motions’

The anonymous worker was quoted saying: “It’s like they’re going through the motions,” the worker told The Wakefield Express. “Some of these people have 15 or 16 years of service.”

A spokesman for the company said: “We are currently in consultation with a number of employees at our factory in Pontefract”. He added: “This process is intended to create consistency across our manufacturing and warehouse job roles so that those employed in similar roles across our business are paid fairly and appropriately.”

The company claimed that the review was not a cost-saving exercise. Rather, it was about fairness.

‘Currently in Consultation’

The spokesman said that he was unable to comment further on the matter as the company was currently holding consultations with all the workers involved.

It is not yet clear whether workers at the Bondgate factory will take any action.

Cott operates three bottling facilities situated in Bondgate, Kegworth in Leicestershire, and Nelson in Lancashire.

Calypso Soft Drinks and Mr Freeze beverage brands are owned by the company. It mostly produces own-label soft drinks for leading retailers.

In another development, more strikes are planned at the confectionery maker Tangerine’s York factory after talks over employees’ pay collapsed.

According to union GMB, Tangerine’s 1.25% increase pay offer, backdated to April, 2016 was due to be “taken off the table” in case it was not accepted by December 9, 2016.