Unite warns brewer bosses that technicians are prepared for strike action over £9,000 a year pay cuts
Almost 200 workers at the Molson Coors’ Burton-on-Trent plant are facing pay cuts under new shift patterns.
A mass meeting of the 184 brewery technicians – who constitute more than a third of the 455-strong workforce at the plant – has been arranged for Thursday evening (21 March).
The company – makers of Carling lager, Grolsch, Coors Lite and Cobra as well as Worthington’s Bitter, White Shield and Stones – has set in the train a 90-day consultation over shift changes which include 30 days annual leave – leaving 335 days either working, or at home and contactable to come into work at 23 hours notice.
Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “We have told the company we will accept no imposed changes, but will work hard to reach a solution.
“We have explained we will ballot for action midway through the 90-day consultation process, so we are ready for strike action if there is not a satisfactory resolution.
“The company’s proposals are completely unacceptable and one of the proposals could mean that nearly 200 brewery technicians losing up to £9,000-a-year.
“The company is profitable and we believe that with proper discussions and goodwill, we can achieve the efficiencies that management is seeking, without cuts to our members’ pay and conditions.”
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