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Unite call to boycott Cains’ beers in redundancy payout row

Unite call to boycott Cains’ beers in redundancy payout row

20 May 2013

Unite, Britain’s largest trade union, is calling on the people of Merseyside to boycott Cains-branded beers to support sacked workers at Liverpool’s historic brewery in their redundancy fight.

The 38 workers at the brewery were told of jobs losses and its closure - by phone - on Friday 10 May.

Workers are outraged at the way they are being treated by Cains’ bosses - Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj – and their refusal to pay wages, holiday and redundancy pay following their dismissal – that are legally owed to workers who have given long years of loyal service.  Closing the brewery is part of the company’s plans to create a major new tourism and leisure facility for the city.

Sacked workers from Cains brewery will be going to Liverpool city centre tomorrow (Tuesday 21 May) to appeal to the people of Merseyside to support workers in their redundancy fight by boycotting all Cains-branded beers until they receive money owed. 

Unite regional officer Franny Joyce said: “Just because the brewery was opened in Victorian times, it is no excuse for Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj to treat its workforce in such a draconian and disgraceful manner. This is not the first time these brothers have behaved like this – they are not fit and proper people to be running a modern day business in this city.  

“Unite is 100 per cent behind its members. We are calling on the people of Merseyside to support workers in their fight to secure all the money that is owed to them and to boycott all Cains’ beers until this happens.”

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For further information please contact Franny Joyce on 07931 535 442 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.  

  • 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.