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Workers getting bitter

by Geoff Brown
Issue No. 1926

FORTY WORKERS at Boddingtons brewery in Manchester struck for 48 hours this week against brewing giant InBev, which wants to close the 227 year old site.

Mike Thompson, senior TGWU union steward, said, “This brewery has never brewed more beer or made more money with such a small workforce before.

“We have been betrayed by InBev, who told us two years ago they would keep the plant open if we sacrificed 50 jobs.

“Last week we went to Leuven in Belgium, InBev headquarters and the main Stella brewery, where we marched with 100 workers and officials pledging their support to us.

“The workers at the giant distribution depot in Armentieres in France struck for an hour when they heard what the company was trying to do.

“The Campaign for Real Ale is with us. So is Manchester City Council.”

Fellow worker Dave added, “This strike is not just about jobs but also about stopping a giant multinational destroying what has been part of people’s lives for generations.”

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Sat 6 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1926
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