Union will fight Molson Coors’ pay plans
A UNION has pledged to fight any proposed pay cuts at Burton brewing giant Molson Coors.
The Unite union claims that the company, which brews Carling lager at its Burton factory, is looking to cut the wages of 184 brewery technicians by up to £9,000-a-year.
The company has started a 90-day consultation with all 455 staff at the Burton site.
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.
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“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.”
Molson Coors is looking to introduce changes to 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 meeting of Unite members will now take place on Thursday at Burton Town Hall, starting at 6.30pm.
Mr 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.”