Carling workers’ dispute settled

Carling workers’ dispute settled

05 August 2013

Employees have settled their long-running dispute at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Monday 5 August).

Unite said that its members had voted to accept a second revised package put forward by the management.

The deal includes:

•    pay reduction of £862 from 1 January 2014 and £862 from 1 January 2015 for all workers previously facing cuts of up to £9,000-a-year in their pay

•    generous severance/redundancy payments available for all workers facing a pay cut

•    radical shift proposals - which could have been changed at 24 hours notice and workers called in while on holiday - are completely withdrawn

•    pay protection not only fully retained, but temporarily improved until 2017.

This will mean workers earnings’ now contractually guaranteed for the next five years, possibly longer.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: "This workforce stunned Molson Coors by the strength, determination and scale of the solidarity they displayed. 

“The 97 per cent vote in favour of strike action will never be forgotten. Unite is proud to have delivered an honourable outcome for members in a dire situation that originally saw some workers face losing their homes."

The dispute centred on pay and conditions, as well as proposed new shift patterns for the 455-strong workforce. In May, workers voted by a margin of 97 per cent in favour of strike action.

The Burton plant produces Carling, Grolsch, Coors Lite and Cobra lagers, as well as beers including Worthington, White Shield and Stones.


For further information please contact Rick Coyle on 07711 594314 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.