Management at global brewer AB InBev's plant in Sonepat, India is escalating its attacks on trade union rights. For the past two years local managers have refused to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union (HBLM) and opted for repression, suspending active union members and dismissing four elected union leaders including the president and the general secretary. CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEND A MESSAGE TO AB InBev! https://www.iufcampaigns.org/campaigns/show_campaign.cgi?c=1108

Heineken NV, the world's second-largest beer maker, is considering closing two factories in northeastern Brazil as "an extreme measure" after a court ordered the company to sell beer and soft drinks in the region at a money-losing price, the company said on Friday in a statement.
“Heineken is in a court dispute with Grupo LGH referring to the prices to sell its portfolio in the states of Pernambuco and Paraiba," the statement said. A court decision mandates Heineken to sell beer and soft drinks below cost to a local distributor, the company said.

IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF) that represents Carlsberg workers in Cambodia declares solidarity for AB InBev Sonepat-India workers and their union Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union (HBLM) fighting for their right to union recognition and collective bargaining free from harassment and victimization.

Members of the GMB union at AB InBev's Samlesbury Brewery are set to take industrial action in solidarity with a sacked colleague. GMB members will take industrial action at the Budweiser brewery after a worker was reportedly sacked for raising health and safety concerns. Members will commence a continuous overtime ban on August 13 as part of the fight to have their colleague reinstated. Paul Morley, who was the site’s senior health and safety rep, was dismissed on June 13 for ‘refusing a reasonable management request’.

AB InBev has announced some principle changes to its business structure as follows:

1) Changing our zone structure

Dutch brewing company Heineken has invested GBP 40 million (USD 53M) in the North London-based Beavertown Brewery for an undisclosed stake in the business.

Established in 2012 by Logan Plant, the company is known for its craft beer. Beavertown Brewery confirmed the Heineken investment in its news blog, saying, “In choosing Heineken, we’ve met the criteria we set ourselves and that were important to us as a company and a team.

The conflict over the upcoming move of the Holsten Brewery and the job losses as a result of this move continues to pick up speed even as Carlsberg promotes itself at the World Cup.

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the IUF-affiliated NGG which represents workers in the Holsten brewery owned by Carlsberg held a ballot vote. 91.6% of the voting union members declared that they are in favor of further industrial action in the dispute over the social protection of employees. Now, longer, open-ended strikes can be expected during the World Cup.

Heineken International announces that it has acquired a minority stake in Belize Brewing Company Ltd, Belize's market leader in beer and a subsidiary of Bowen & Bowen Ltd, which has been an importer and distributor of Heineken brands including Heineken, Amstel and Red Stripe in Belize since 2016.

Financial terms are not disclosed.

Source: Heineken

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IUF-affiliated United Voice members at XXXX brewery in Milton, Queensland went on strike on April 26 amid tense negotiations with Lion management over pay and contract labour hire.

The union issued a media release declaring that 100 XXXX workers will vote to take industrial action after the brewer refused to guarantee jobs will be kept local.

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