FINLAND: Strike fails to deter Carlsberg
Carlsberg will push on with plans to streamline its operations in Finland despite workers at one of the affected breweries entering a second day of industrial action.
The Danish brewer said earlier this week that 140 jobs would be lost at its Sinebrychoff subsidiary after it decided to centralise a number of functions at one of its breweries in Finland.
The company said that bottling and warehousing facilities would centre on Sinebrychoff's Kerava brewery, although brewing will continue at its Pori site.
However, the plans have faced fierce protests from workers at the Pori plant. Employees there today (18 August) took part in their second day of industrial action against the job cuts.
Nevertheless, a spokesman for Carlsberg said the strike would have "no influence" on the brewer's decision to revamp its business in Finland.
"We always negotiate with employees when we are planning restructuring; now and then that results in a short dispute - that's life," he told just-drinks.
Carlsberg plans to spend DKK140m (US$24m) on installing a PET line at Sinebrychoff's Kerava site to boost soft drinks production.
The spokesman said the moves were "timely" despite Sinebrychoff gaining market share during the first six months of the year. Sinebrychoff is Finland's largest beer and soft drinks producer.
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