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Lithuania: UAB members at Carlsberg on strike /company retaliates and threatens use of strike-breakers
On June 10 more than half of the workers of IUF-affiliated UAB union "Svyturys-Utenos alus", voted in favour of strike action at the Carlsberg brewery in Lithuania in support of their demand for a decent company level collective agreement.

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About 60 Angkor beer promoters plan to strike today outside the company’s head office on Norodom Boulevard to draw attention to what they say are violations of labour law, as well as discrimination against them.

Cham Rong, a representative of the women, promised the strike, planned to begin at 8am, would be loud and colourful. The women will raise banners and beat drums to draw attention from passers-by, including tourists, she said.

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Miller is Tasteless, Says Sacramento Community at State Fair
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 24, 2011 More than 100 members of Teamster Local Unions 150 and 439 converged on the California State Fair today to provide information to the public about the greedy business practices of DBI Beverage, the distributor of MillerCoors products in Northern California. Their leaflets and banners read, "Tell Miller Destroying California Jobs is Tasteless."

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Fog rolls in on lighthouse
Jul 13, 2011
By Matt Garrick

DARK DAYS: Svyturys brewery, in Klaipeda, faces labor strikes and a proposed marketing ban on alcohol.KLAIPEDA - Lithuania’s market leading beer, Carlsberg Group-owned Svyturys Alus, or translated into English, ‘Lighthouse Beer,’ could be looking toward foggy futures ahead.
With company labor strikes in the pipeline for this month, set to disrupt production at their brewery in the city of Klaipeda, coupled with a proposed national alcohol advertising ban liable to come into force next year, the Danish-run brand has been on the front foot to come up with solutions.

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Teamsters at a Dayton beer distributor are threatening to walk off the job after contract negotiations broke down, the Dayton Business Journal reported.

The union is accusing Heidelberg Distributing Co.bizWatch , which handles a variety of products made by Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), including Budweiser beers, of breaking off negotiations and implementing a wide range of changes, including eliminating retiree health-care benefits for longtime employees, the paper reported.

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HEINEKEN'S takeover of the Scottish and Newcastle brewery is to be investigated .

The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee will look at evidence that there was not enough protection for thousands of S&N pensioners after the takeover by the Dutch lager maker in 2008. The evidence session is expected to take place in the autumn, and it will examine details of the takeover and in particular why Heineken did not pay any discretionary increases in pensions in 2010

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A Lithuanian court has postponed the strike in Svyturys-Utenos alus
(Carlsberg group) for 30 days. Protests will be organized at the buildings of the factories in Vilnius and Klaipeda at 23 June 11 a.m.(tommorow).
The protests at the court of Klaipeda will be organized at 27 June at 13
p.m.

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Eleventh hour talks were being sought yesterday with representatives of Antigua Brewery Limited as government attempts to avert the shutdown of the company’s production facility here.

This came as the General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) David Massiah warned that the decision to close the facility and send home 42 workers could spark a chain reaction among foreign-owned companies operating locally.

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WINE and beer maker KEO yesterday announced the dismissal of 75 workers – the first stage of redundancies that have sparked indefinite industrial action in the Church-controlled company.

KEO plans to shed 150 jobs from a workforce of some 550 as part of a bid to “remain a viable economic unit” but its refusal to offer any compensation has prompted workers to go on an indefinite strike.

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First strike started in Belarus 100

Workers of the brewing and fermentation shop at Rechytsapiva brewery refused to start work in the morning on May 23.

The warning strike at Heineken-own brewery was caused by non-payment of bonuses, provided for in labour contracts, Radio Svaboda reports. The bonuses must make 30% of the salary.

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