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Brewery workers

Issue No. 1930

Striking workers at Boddington’s brewery in Manchester went back to work on Friday of last week after their latest four days of strike action.

The workers have taken seven days of strike action against the multinational Interbrew which has reneged on a deal to protect jobs.

Interbrew is planning to close the brewery with a loss of 55 jobs. This is despite an increase in productivity and profits at the Strangeways site.

Confidence was high on the picket line last week, with solidarity visits from the Amicus and Unison unions, among others.

TGWU union convenor Mike Thompson said, “Interbrew are currently on a world tour of closures, and no brewery is safe.

“We’ve heard about possible closures in Belgium and Germany. The Magor plant in South Wales employs between 400 and 500 workers. Not even their jobs are safe. We can win this with solidarity from other workers globally.”

Striking brewery worker Tony added, “South Wales produces Stella Artois.

“This is their biggest seller. If we can get the Magor brewery out it will really hurt their profits.”

Although there are no immediate plans for further action, Boddington’s workers are in a fighting mood. Further industrial action has not been ruled out for the new year.
Gary Duke

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Production workers at Carlsberg’s Northampton brewery were set to strike for 16 days from Wednesday of this week.

At the last moment bosses made a new offer. Workers were voting on it as Socialist Worker went to press.

The strike vote by members of the TGWU union followed the failure of negotiations to resolve problems over restructuring and a pay freeze for the 180 workers. Over 70 percent of members voted to strike on an 86 percent turnout.

“There can be no doubt for the Carlsberg management that our people are determined to get a better deal,” said Jackie Williams, the TGWU regional industrial organiser.


WORKERS IN the TGWU union in Scotland have voted by 78 percent to strike against the Scottish Courage company. The first day of action is likely to be Wednesday of next week.

The company plans to introduce a “second generation” workforce, along with changes to the staff’s sick pay and bonus schemes.

“To accept such a proposal is to allow the creation of second class employees,” said TGWU regional industrial organiser, Pat Rafferty.

There was a 92 percent turnout in the strike ballot.

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Sat 4 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1930
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