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Christmas crisis fears as workers at Europe’s biggest packaging firm threaten to go on strike

BRITS face a fresh Christmas crisis as workers at Europe’s biggest packaging firm threatening to go on strike in a row over pay.

Workers at Smurfit Kappa are ballooting to strike as they want an improved pay deal.

Workers at Smurfit Kappa are ballooting to strike as they want an improved pay deal

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Workers at Smurfit Kappa are ballooting to strike as they want an improved pay dealCredit: AFP

A source at the Unite Union said if members agree, it would be a 24-hour strike across the country this month.

Last minute negotiations between Union officials and the firm’s bosses are due to continue today.

The firm provides packaging for supermarket essentials such as food and groceries.

Other items it provides packing for include cleaning products, food, beer and crisps.

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The source said the strike would be across the country, if a pay deal cannot be reached.

Workers are said to be looking for a 10 per cent annual pay rise.

A source said: “The firm keeps boasting about record profits, so it’s about time its hard working workforce got rewarded.

“This would be a 24-hour strike and it would cause a lot of problems.

“But that shows the strength of the feeling among people.

“This could put thousands of deliveries at risk.”

The firm employs 48,000 people across the world and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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The Unite Union was approached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the firm said it would not be commenting.

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