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Pay cuts at Burton Carling plant will be fought, says Unite

Pay cuts at Burton Carling plant will be fought, says Unite

18 March 2013

Plans to cut the wages of 184 brewery technicians at the Molson Coors’ Burton-on-Trent plant by up to £9,000-a-year will be strongly resisted by Unite, the country’s largest union.

The company – makers of Carling lager – has set in the train a 90-day consultation which could see the introduction of a radical package resulting in cuts to pay, and terms and conditions for the 455-strong workforce.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “We have told the company we will accept no imposed changes, but will work hard to reach a solution.

“We have explained we will ballot for action midway through the 90-day consultation process, so we are ready for strike action if there is not a satisfactory resolution.”

Unite said the that  workers have been given notice of radical new shift patterns with 30 days annual leave - leaving 335 days either working, or at home and contactable to come into work at 23 hours notice.

A mass meeting of Unite members has been organised for Thursday (21 March) at Burton town hall at 18.30. Unite represents the overwhelming majority of the staff at the site which produces Carling, Grolsh, Coors Lite and Cobra lagers, as well as beers including Worthington, White Shield and Stones.

Rick Coyle said: “The company’s proposals are completely unacceptable and one of the proposals could mean that nearly 200 brewery technicians losing up to £9,000-a-year.

“The company is profitable and we believe that with proper discussions and goodwill, we can achieve the efficiencies that management is seeking, without cuts to our members’ pay and conditions.”

ENDS

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.