A group of workers at Pepsico's Irish operation, have been encouraged to accept a pay rise offer of almost a tenth of their current salaries.
This follows the Labour Court recommendation that SIPTU accept the 9% pay offer on the table from Pepsico Ireland for its general operatives at its Little Island plant in Cork, reports the Irish Examiner.
This offer comes despite the company concerns 'over the impact of the Government’s planned sugar tax on earnings'.
SIPTU was allegedly seeking a 5.5% increase, over 12 months, from last February. In response, Pepsico Ireland offered a 2.75% increase, over 12 months, and a 9% increase over three years.
The matter was referred to the Labour Court, and Pepsico Ireland told the court 'that it had four agreements with peer groups in Little Island and Carrigaline'.
It is believed that the US soft drinks giant, Ireland employs 500 people at three facilities in Cork.
The company set up in Cork in 1974, at Little Island, producing concentrate base for well-established brands, such as Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and 7-Up.
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