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Heinz workers begin 24-hour strike at Wigan factory

Heinz factory in Wigan
Image caption About 1,200 staff are employed at the factory

Nearly 1,200 workers at the Heinz Baked Beans factory in Wigan have started a 24-hour walkout.

The action was agreed at a mass meeting on Saturday after a ballot to reject a pay offer of 3.3% this year and 3% the following year.

Members of the Unite union have also begun a ban on overtime.

Heinz said the pay offer was "one of the best in the food and drink sector, the area and the country" and the first year offer equalled 4% "in real terms".

About 1,200 people are employed at the Greater Manchester factory, which produces beans, soups, pasta meals and baby food.

The walkout began at 2150 GMT on Wednesday.

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