Workers at Interbrew's Manchester brewery are threatening strike action following the company's announcement that the brewery will close. Talks last week between the union and management ended in a 24-hour walkout and the workers will be balloted over strike action.

Earlier this month, Interbrew announced that it will close the Boddingtons brewery in the Strangeways area of the city, putting 56 jobs at risk. The company said it plans to redeploy workers.

Local union members are due to meet national leaders of the Transport & General Workers' Union in London tomorrow (21 September) to get the go-ahead for the ballot. The union is also considering what action is available for it to take against Interbrew's European breweries and Belgian headquarters.