A CARLISLE manufacturer has been hit with strikes following 'unacceptable' pay offer. 

Crown Bevcan, a soft and alcoholic drink can manufacturer on Borland Avenue, will see 200 employees stage two 24-hour strikes, after a dispute over a 3% pay offer and one-off payment has yet to be resolved. 

The industrial action, held by members of the Unite, the UK's leading union, will take place on May 11 and May 14. 

Demands are being made that the manufacturer meets a pay deal that accurately reflects what is being felt by the on-going cost-of-living crisis.

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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "Crown Holdings makes billions yet it expects its Carlisle workers to accept what amounts to a pay cut. This is plain boardroom greed and it is unacceptable to Unite.

"Crown Holdings needs to think again and offer a deal that reflects the punishing living costs our members are having to cope with." 

The action is set to follow after Crown Holdings, of which Crown Bevcan is part of, showed that in 2021, their net sales came to more than £8.4 billion, with around £2 billion brought in by the group’s European division. 

Unite regional officer Malcolm Carruthers said: "Crown Holdings can clearly afford to give its workers a fair pay rise. There is still time to call the strike action off, but for that to happen Crown must return to negotiations with an offer our members can accept." 

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