Carling workers to vote on deal in pay dispute

Carling workers to vote on deal in pay dispute

30 May 2013

Employees at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent, who faced being sacked and reinstated on inferior pay and conditions, will vote on a radically improved offer next week.

The details of the package hammered out after two days of talks between Unite, the country’s largest union, representing the staff, and the management of Britain biggest brewery won’t be revealed until the workforce has been briefed.

Balloting on the deal will close at the end of business on Friday, 7 June.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “Both sides have worked very hard, under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas to come up with this package of proposals.

“The 455-strong workforce will be briefed on the radically improved offer on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. Unite members, who make up the vast majority of the workforce, will then vote on the offer.

“Unite, in common with the management, will not be commenting on the details of the offer until the briefing process has been completed.”

Earlier this week, workers voted by a margin of 97 per cent in favour of strike action in the dispute over the management’s original proposals – but this has now been put ‘on hold’, pending the ballot result.

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 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.