Workers at Heinz have staged another 24-hour strike after rejecting the company’s latest pay offer.

Staff at the company’s Kitt Green plant near Wigan voted against the manufacturer’s offer of a 3.5% pay offer. Seven hundred voted in favour of strike action, while 369 backed the company's offer.

The stoppage is the latest in a string of protests over pay at the site, which employs 1,200 people. The most recent strike was in December.

"Heinz management have said they want to enter into conciliation through Acas and Unite has agreed to this,” said Jennie Formby of trade union Unite.

"However, the company is fully aware that the industrial action will continue until we reach a settlement that is acceptable to our members, so I hope that when we meet they will be prepared to add some real value to the offer.”

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