Workers at pub giant Greene King are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over a ‘paltry’ pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 4 December).

Unite is balloting more than 160 members, including draymen, brewery production staff and warehouse workers for strike action at the brewery which was founded in 1799. The ballot of members in the brewing and brands department opens on Tuesday 10 December and closes on Monday 13 January 2020.

The workers are based in Bury St Edmunds, the firm’s Suffolk headquarters, as well as at distribution centres in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

The ballot comes after the £4.6bn takeover of Greene King, which has 3,000 pubs, by CK Asset Holdings in August.

Unite regional officer Mark Jaina said: “Our members are fed up with being palmed off with a paltry two per cent rise which has been the norm for the last six or seven years.

“Recent pay rises are way below the soaring cost of living and our members have said: ‘Enough is enough’.

“We have tried to reach a fair settlement with the management in recent months, but we have hit a brick wall and are now holding a ballot for strike action.

“The new senior team seems more intent on macho managerial posturing than smooth-running industrial relations – however, there is still time to sit down for constructive talks before possible strike action in the new year.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065. Email: [email protected]

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