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Beer deliveries may be disrupted by strike
10:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
SEVERE disruption could hit drink deliveries to dozens of York pubs as well as the distribution of a locally-brewed ale.
Crucial talks ended without agreement yesterday after workers for KNDL voted for strike action in light of possible job losses.
The walk-out would hit deliveries of Tadcaster-brewed John Smith’s as well as Fosters, Heineken, Kronenbourg, Strongbow plus Britvic soft drinks to almost 30,000 drinking establishments across the UK.
Pubs and premises run by Enterprise Inns, Trust Inns, Wetherspoons, and Wells and Young’s, many of which are in York, would be badly affected.
Union Unite is handling the talks over plans by KNDL to change the current systems of operating out of 29 depots each with a supply of stock, to introducing three “super hubs” which will store stock for distribution to the depots.
Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “Our members take pride in their jobs and know the present system provides high levels of customer satisfaction, is responsive and flexible and ensures the beer is not unsettled by long journeys.
“The changes will eventually lead to job losses and will cause enormous problems in delivering to customers. It could even affect the quality of the beer.”
Staff are now working with Unite to consider options following yesterday’s breakdown of talks.
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