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Beer workers strike to defend conditions and jobs

by Tim Evans
Issue No. 2371

Beer and lager delivery drivers working for Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) at Swansea struck on Wednesday of last week. 

This is part of national action in protest at KNDL’s “restructuring” exercise—the Beethoven Project—which breaches conditions and will lead to job losses. 

The strikers are in the Unite union. Unite officer Gareth Jones said, “There will be further stoppages and we will have to up the ante if there is no change.”

There were about 20 people on the picket line, and spirits were good. 

One striker said, “Hauling heavy beer kegs around is no joke. Trying to keep to impossible journey times is causing serious safety issues. These changes will only make things worse.” 

The strike hit around 30,000 drinking establishments across Britain.  

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Tue 17 Sep 2013, 16:06 BST
Issue No. 2371
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