Drinkers warned of ‘Christmas beer drought’ as Greene King workers join strike action


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Greene King brewery staff will join the latest storm of industrial action as employees walk out amid a dispute over pay. Trade union Unite has confirmed 188 of its members will go on strike, affecting Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire Greene King brewery sites. The union has warned disappointed drinkers could face a “Christmas beer drought” if negotiations fail to produce improved terms for the workers.

Workers will begin an initial five days of strike action between December 5 and December 10.

The walkout will affect sites that brew and distribute Greene King products, including IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale.

The decision to take strike action arose after employees were offered a three percent pay rise and a further one-off payment of £650.

Amid the cost of living crisis,  which has seen the inflation rate soar to over 11 percent, Unite has described the proposed pay deal as “pitiful”.

A press release from the union branded the offer a “real terms wage cut” for Greene King employees.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Greene King’s owners are incredibly wealthy, the failure to offer workers a decent pay rise is all about greed and not about need.

“Unite, which is now entirely focussed on defending the jobs, pay and conditions of its members, will not idly stand by while a wealthy company tries to further boost its profits by subjecting its workers to substantial real terms pay cuts.

“Unite members at Greene King will receive the union’s complete and total support throughout their dispute.”

Unite regional officer Mark Jaina added: “Greene King needs to stop wringing its hands and make our members a decent pay offer.”

Read more: Hundreds of military personnel in training to deal with strike chaos



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