Union says beer duty cut should prompt Molson Coors pay cut rethink
A UNION has said that the cutting of beer tax in this week’s Budget should prompt Burton brewing giant Molson Coors to rethink proposed cuts to pay and conditions.
In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne decided to scrap the alcohol duty escalator for beer and announced a 1p cut in duty, which comes into effect on Sunday.
The scrapping of the escalator means that a planned 3p increase on a pint, due to come in next month, will now not happen.
Earlier this week, the Unite union claimed that Molson Coors, which brews Carling lager at its Burton factory, was looking to cut the wages of 184 brewery technicians by up to £9,000 a year.
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The company has started a 90-day consultation with all 455 staff at the Burton site.
At a meeting of more than 300 workers at Burton Town Hall on Thursday night, brewery staff voted unanimously for a ballot on strike action.
Unite said a further meeting will be held at the town hall on Monday, from 6.30pm.
Molson Coors is looking to introduce changes to shift patterns, with a potential loss of pay for some workers.
Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “Molson Coors had made great play for the need to reduce beer duty to help its profitability.
“Now that has happened, management should reconsider its punitive plans to cut the pay and conditions of staff.
“At Thursday's meeting, members were adamant that they would not contemplate this drastic cut to their pay and terms and conditions, especially at a time when household bills are going through the roof.
“We are ready for industrial action if there is not a satisfactory outcome. However, Unite will work hard to achieve a fair and equitable solution to this dispute.”