DENMARK: Carlsberg workers return after nine-day strike

By | 23 August 2013

Carlsberg ran out of draught beer in Denmark because of the action

Carlsberg ran out of draught beer in Denmark because of the action

Workers at Carlsberg's Fredericia production facility in Denmark have returned to work today (23 August) after a nine-day strike. 

The industrial action broke out on Wednesday last week after the 130 members of the 3F trade union objected to a non-union employee working at the plant. Carlsberg ran out of draught beer and soft drinks for its domestic market because of the action

But today, a company spokesperson said the workers were back on site following a vote. “This morning there was a majority (vote) for going back to work,” the spokesperson told just-drinks. “We did not take part in these meetings.” 

Local media reported yesterday that the company had appealed to the labour court, Arbejdsretten, to have all 130 of the striking workers sacked. However, the Carlsberg spokesperson said the company would not be allowed to do this during an industrial conflict. 

A union representative is understood to have told local radio that it was the right time to go back to work, but there had been no solutions. 

Earlier this week, Carlsberg reported a slight rise in first-half profits and sales, as Asia and Eastern Europe propped up its struggling Western Europe business. 

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