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97 percent proof of strike support at Coors brewery

by Mike Grisenthwaite
Issue No. 2356

Workers at Molson-Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent have voted by 97 percent for strikes to defend their pay and conditions. The turnout was 95 percent.

The Unite union members held a mass meeting on Tuesday of last week to hear the ballot result and discuss their next steps. Workers cheered and applauded when they heard the result.

Bosses want to impose £9,000 a year pay cuts on workers—despite the fact that the firm made £50 million in profit over the last year.

One worker said the attack would “leave workers’ livelihoods in tatters” and they would have problems paying their mortgages. But there was a mood to resist the bosses in the meeting.

A leading trade union activist said workers were confident that they can win and were encouraged by support given to them by other workers and activists.

Workers got fantastic support from the public when they leafleted on the streets of Burton about the dispute.

The Unite union is now in negotiation with Molson-Coors bosses. 

Given the strong vote for action, workers are in a powerful position to win the dispute.

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Tue 4 Jun 2013, 17:42 BST
Issue No. 2356
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