Greene King to hold strike ballot in pay dispute
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 2% 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.”