Indeed Heinz's profits are vast, and growing as they expand into emerging markets. Of course, all this means increases in production of far beyond 3.3%. Despite all this, Heinz bosses are using the local press to claim that the offer is one of the best in the sector, and are implicitly threatening closure by labelling Kitt Green their "highest cost" factory in Europe.
Unite leaders would like to avoid a total shutdown of the Wigan plant, because it would result in the loss of a thousand sets of membership dues. However, considering Unite leaders recommended that workers accept the original offer in September, it should be obvious that they will be negotiating to sell-out their membership behind the scenes. Though a second strike has been called for next Tuesday, all the 'militant' phraseology in the world cannot disguise the true role of union bureaucrats in 2010.