Coca Cola have said 54 jobs could be lost at their Wakefield factory.
“Following a strategic review, we are proposing to end our direct delivery service in Great Britain. This service is primarily used by food service 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.
"We expect these proposals could result in a reduction of approximately 54 roles from a total workforce of 520 in our Wakefield facility in Yorkshire.
“We do not make these proposals lightly and we will, of course, be looking to minimise redundancies as far as possible and will offer support to help colleagues through this process.”
Unite have said the news that nearly 300 jobs are to be axed at Coca Cola is a "devastating blow". The factory in Wakefield will be among six factories affected.
“This news will be a devastating blow for our members and their families, especially in the current economic climate of austerity, welfare cuts and now rising unemployment.
“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.
“Cola Coca Enterprises is a highly profitable and successful global company and we will be doing everything in our power to protect jobs.”
– Jennie Formby, Unite national officer for food and drink
It's been announced Coca Cola will cut nearly 300 jobs.
The loss, at Coca Cola Enterprises, was described as “a devastating blow” by the union Unite.
Coca Cola is to close down its Direct Store Delivery operation resulting in 288 redundancies, 160 of which are Unite drivers and warehouse workers. The sites affected include Bristol, East Kilbride, North London, Northampton, Sidcup and Wakefield.