TORONTO, Feb. 4 - On Friday February 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m., CUPE Local One members along with MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth), CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, John Cartwright President of the Toronto &York Region District Labour Council and several other labour activists converged on Toronto Hydro's 500 Commissioners Street Service Centre to show their anger towards Toronto Hydro for their unethical behavior and labour relation violations


German brewery employers gave notice on the framework collective agreement, and want to bargain for less favourite conditions, e.g. low wage groups, and reduced wages for “non-core” workers (secretaries, drivers, sales persons, etc.)

NGG launched actions in several breweries in Germany:
InBev Bremen:



SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewer by volume, may be the most suitable takeover target for its rival and world's No. 1 brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, Credit Suisse analysts said today.

Bloomberg News reports that A-B InBev could buy SABMiller after it has cut debt incurred from buying St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch in 2008, the analysts wrote in a note. (And A-B InBev is doing well on the debt front, paying it off ahead of schedule.)

SABMiller could be valued at $71 billion, making that $56 billion blockbuster acquisition of A-B less than three years ago suddenly seem small.


Another article on contracting out. The biggest obstacle to unions next to arrogant management. No matter how hard they try and how hard they reserach.Without input from the floor contracted out maintenance will not work

What business are you in? It’s a time-honored question designed to help companies strip down to their core competencies, often right before they downsize or outsource every function that isn’t one.


Netherlands-based Heineken NV, one of the world's largest brewers of alcoholic beverages, among others, and parent company of Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc, recently announced the acquisition of five brewing plants across Nigeria.
The company, which in 2009 accounted for 64 per cent of Nigeria's 16.5 million hectolitre beer market, the second largest market in Africa, announced the buy-over of Sona Group, makers of Goldberg larger, Malta Gold, Williams Dark Ale, among others for an undisclosed sum.
This, according to agency reports gives it controlling stakes in five of the six breweries within the group including Sona (which brews brands like Goldberg, Williams Dark Ale and Malta Gold); International Beer & Beverages Industries Limited based in Kaduna; Benue Breweries; Life Breweries Limited, Onitsha; and Champion Breweries, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.


Executives at AB InBev could be in line for bonuses worth hundreds of millions of pounds in return for meeting targets related to reducing the brewer’s debt.

If the Stella Artois maker cuts its debt to 2.5 times its earnings by the end of 2013, bosses will reportedly receive stock worth €850m (£730m) at the current share price. Chief executive Carlos Brito could alone pocket shares worth almost €100m, according to the Daily Telegraph.


Carbon dioxide killed brewery worker

A technician at the former Scottish Courage Brewery who died after being overcome by carbon dioxide was carrying out a routine procedure, a court heard.

Stewart Klincke, of Sandbrooke Walk in Burghfield Common, was the longest serving member of staff at the brewery, jurors at Reading Crown Court were told at the trial’s opening on Monday.

His employer Dalkia Utilities Services PLC and Heineken UK Ltd, which took over the brewery, are standing trial accused of breaching health and safety regulations.



Brewers with big business in the southern hemisphere look better able to cope with commodity cost inflation due to their proximity to good barley harvests and strong pricing power in key beer markets.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR) and SABMiller (SAB.L) have big breweries in the south and so use a large proportion of their barley needs from countries such as Argentina, where harvests have been less affected by adverse weather than those in Europe.


THE chief executive of Northampton-based brewing giant Carlsberg has welcomed the Government’s plans for new rules on the sale of alcohol.

Dr Isaac Sheps, speaking during a visit to the Bridge Street brewery on Friday by Tory MP Michael Ellis, said much more needed to be done to tackle excessive drinking.


POLICE say the operation to move giant brewery silos through Whitchurch is going to plan.

Weighing 55 tons and measuring 5.7 metres wide, six metres tall and 28 metres long, the first load left on January 14 from Tot Hill for the docks at Southampton.

The silos are making their way to Poland from the former Courage brewery in Reading, owned by Heineken UK.