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I know this isnt beer but this will effect us all sooner or later

The AFL-CIO concluded a two-day Executive Council meeting dedicated almost entirely to the events in Wisconsin and what the labour movement response should be. There is a widespread belief that this is a pivotal moment. The Unions of the AFL-CIO have decided to make April 4th a national day of action across the U.S. April 4th marks the tragic day in history when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while in Memphis Tennessee supporting sanitation workers – public employees – in their fight for respect and dignity.

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Moosehead Brewery Workers Still Locked Out Please watch video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1sqhM82Y3s

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About 170 workers are picketing outside Moosehead Breweries saying the Saint John-based company locked them out over a contract dispute

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC Feb. 20, 2011) - Unionized production and distribution employees at Molson Coors Canada in Montreal approved the latest offer from the Company, which was presented to them today. Unionized employees voted 75% in favour of the new collective agreement which will incept for a term of seven years

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Green Award winner 2010: Tony Bates UNITE
Tony is branch chairman at the Magor Brewery site. The brewery is part of INBEV which is the biggest global brewing company in the world.

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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:

http://www.ngg.net/branche_betrieb/getraenke/brtv/brau-spaten-franz/

http://www.ngg-bremen.de/aktuelle_meldungen/heute-erste-warnstreiks-bei-...
InBev Bremen:

http://www.weser-kurier.de/Artikel/Bremen/Wirtschaft/316341/400+InBev-Mi...

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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.

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A BREWING giant has moved to quell fears that staff in Burton could face redundancy.

Several workers from Molson Coors contacted the Mail after a meeting was held with staff from the kegging and stock control department, to inform them that a consultation had been launched as a result of possible changes to ‘shift patterns and working practices’.

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News 05-11-2010
The union of workers at the Heineken brewery in St-Petersburg, Russia held a picket at the plant’s gates on October 18 to highlight their call for negotiations to reverse the creeping expansion of agency labour at the plant. Members of the city’s other unions in the food and beverage sectors took part in the action.

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I just read this. It sounds very positive. Can anyone tell us how it is working?

In February 2010, management and trade unions at Carlsberg Bulgaria signed an agreement for a social plan to accompany the company-level collective agreement. The social plan includes a range of activities related both to the company’s human resources and sustainable development of the regions where Carlsberg subsidiaries are operating. The activities will be implemented through partnership with trade unions and information and consultation mechanisms.

In February 2010, management and trade unions at Carlsberg Bulgaria signed an additional agreement for a social plan as an annex to the company-level collective agreement, which has been in operation since 2009. The plan generally addresses social support and assistance for the employees.

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