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Almost 1,000 workers for transport company Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL), which has a site at Tuscany Way, Wakefield Europort, are being balloted in a row over changes to working conditions.

Deliveries of Heineken, Kronenbourg, Shepherd Neame and John Smith’s, along with Britvic soft drinks, could be severely disrupted if the strike goes ahead, the Unite union has warned.

Unite is balloting 970 members at 27 sites in England, Scotland and Wales on strike action and action short of a strike in a vote which closes on August 28


Just before 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13th, hours before a midnight deadline, FOX6 News learned MillerCoors has reached an agreement with a union representing brewery workers.
The midnight deadline loomed in a labor dispute between MillerCoors and over 400 brewery workers from Local 9, which is represented by the United Auto Workers Union


CLC Joins Labatt's imported beer boycott
More than 3 million Canadians are now being urged to put pressure on highly profitable multinational to treat its workers in Newfoundland and Labrador with respect.

Ottawa (9 Aug. 2013) - As the strike by nearly 50 Labatt workers in St. John's drags into its fourth month, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is now calling on its 3.3 million members to boycott the beers imported into Canada by the highly profitable multi-national corporation that owns Labatt.

After three months of a tough negotiation, the Union Ponta Grassa signed an agreement that substantially improves various clauses of the collective agreement.

Rel-UITA spoke with Jorge Pitela, the president of the Union of Workers of drinks Ponta Grossa, to learn the details of the process that was successfully completed last week.

-How was the negotiation process?
The collective bargaining process began last April; the company from the beginning refused the workers` offer which is a wage increase higher than the inflation, which was a real increase. The company has always argued it lacks liquid.

However, according to data provided by the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Economic Studies (DIEESE), we found that Heineken has sent to the headquarters in Europe, 535 million euros (1.6 billion dollars) in foreign currency only in the first quarter of the year.


BUENOS AIRES, 28 DE JUNIO - Las organizaciones sindicales que representan a los trabajadores de la cervecera AB-InBev de todo el mundo, afiliadas a la Unión Internacional de Trabajadores de la Alimentación (Uita), denunciaron “el alarmante aumento de presiones” de la empresa sobre los lugares de trabajo y contra los sindicatos y lanzaron una campaña internacional de solidaridad y lucha, durante un encuentro realizado el 14 y 15 de mayo pasados en Lovaina, Bélgica


A union representing workers at a Labatt brewery in St. John's has launched a boycott campaign, asking the public to refrain from buying a large number of brands manufactured at the site. About fifty employees (NAPE Local 7004) have been on a legal strike since April, following a brief wildcat strike that was prompted by the company's request for the unionized workers to train their replacements. The request was made days before the expiration date of the workers' collective agreement


The union representing about 50 striking Labatt workers in
St. John’s is urging the public to boycott the brewery’s products.

Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), said late Friday morning that with billions of dollars in annual profit, Labatt Brewing Co. and its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev shouldn’t seek concessions from workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, who have been on strike for 2 1/2 months


In London Ontario Canada at the AB-InBev brewery there was a union management golf tournament. During the day there was a putting contest held. The winner was one of the union brothers. At the dinner after the golf it was announced that he had won. He received $145.00 can. For this. When he was presented this money he said that he would donate the money to his brothers and sisters in St. John’s. Everyone got up and clapped and cheered. The plant manager and the other management people there could only sit there and watch. That is the attitude we need in our unions.


About 80 people, including striking Labatt workers and members of other supportive unions, turned up at the Labatt Brewery in St. John’s this afternoon to rally in support of the Labatt strikers.
NAPE president Carol Furlong lead the rally that included representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, and members of the striking union at the St. John’s International Airport.


Employees at Molson Coors in Burton-on-Trent are set to hold an industrial action ballot later this month, as the 455-strong workforce face being sacked after 10 June and reinstated on inferior pay and conditions.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said its members would be asked to vote on strike action in the dispute over the management’s package of proposals which includes axing the wages of 184 brewery technicians by up to £9,000-a-year.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “The 90-day consultation period on these proposals ends on 10 June. Members will be subject to individual consultations after 10 June, and face being sacked and re-engaged. This will be done between that date and the end of year. It won't all be done in one go.