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Diageo could have to cut jobs at its four Irish plants.THE OWNER OF the world-famous Guinness brewery is to restructure its operations across Europe – with the potential loss of jobs at its four Irish-based facilities.

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Carlsberg UK truckers should be grateful for an offer of a 2.75% salary rise according to rival brewery logistic firms, as they are still having to offer lower awards or implement pay freezes.

The brewery giant offered its warehousing and distribution staff a 2.75% pay award, following a 1.5% pay rise in 2010 and a pay freeze in 2009. But 72% (497 employees) rejected the offer, arguing that it is less than half the retail price index (RPI), and therefore a pay cut in real times.

However, Roadtransport.com can exclusively reveal that other drinks logistics operators have not offered awards as high as Carlsberg's.

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In Munich the Bavarian brewing industry is threatening an indefinite strike. On Thursday,at the meeting in Ismaning near Munich, the representative of the rate of Bavarian brewers (TG) and the union food and Catering (NGG) moved to the fourth and decisive round of negotiations. 'This is the last chance for the employer, in free negotiations to reach an agreement', The NGG-state leader Hans Hartl said on Wednesday. Failure of these negotiations would be to let their members vote on the NGG an indefinite strike. The employers had recently offered to increase the fee by 2.1 percent.

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These tactics have already taken place in Canada under AB-InBev. With the American Teamsters coming up in the next two years.

A warning strike has halted production on Thursday in the State Brewery Weihenstephan. Just over 30 employees - virtually the entire film - the total of about 100 people laid down their work for two hours. The striking workers chanted: "A new collective agreement ago, otherwise we will give no peace." And: "Who says no to battle today, will tomorrow be without work." With whistles and rattles made the employees of the State Brewery air their displeasure. They wore bright orange vests with the imprint "strike."

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Workers have been on strike for 5 weeks.
Union officials said Dichello Distributors implemented an unfair contract last month, then prevented union workers from doing their jobs.
Calling their new contract "garbage," the Local 443 employees of Dichello Distributors in Orange rallied outside the company on Monday morning to express their frustrations over a new contract.

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SAINT JOHN - More than 170 Moosehead Breweries Ltd. workers are back in the beer-making business after a nearly six-week lockout that hinged on a dispute over post-retirement drug benefits.

Members of the Brewery Workers Local 362 voted 77 per cent in favour of the new seven-year contract on Wednesday night.

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Moosehead Breweries Ltd. says it has reached a memorandum of agreement with its unionized employees, ending a five-week work stoppage.
Leaders of the New Brunswick Union of Public Employees said Saturday they will unanimously endorse the agreement.

The ratification vote will be held Wednesday.

The company says pickets have been removed from the brewery and work will resume Sunday, but no details of the deal were provided.

Workers were locked out last week when talks to sign a new collective agreement broke down.

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The German union NNG is reporting growing discontent among workers in the German brewing industry. Since Monday there was at least one warning strike every day in protest against the plans of the brewers' federation to split core and peripheral workforce by introducing a new group of low-pay employees in to the national framework agreement - which regulates job classification in the sector.

More info and pictures in German here:
http://www.ngg.net/branche_betrieb/getraenke/brtv

NGG will hold a brewery forum in the education center in Oberjosbach
next week.

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Heineken today announced that it reached another important milestone in Mexico, less than a year after the acquisition of Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma (CM) as part of the FEMSA beer operations transaction. The new developments include the brewing of the Heineken@ brand in one of CM's most modern, high-tech breweries located in Orizaba, Veracruz, as well as the introduction of new, innovative bottle and can designs for the premium Heineken brand

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Moosehead lockout: Are workers getting fair shake?
SAINT JOHN - With the lockout of 172 Moosehead Breweries Ltd. employees into its third week, a University of New Brunswick professor is saying the crux of the labour dispute is widely misunderstood

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