Danish reports yesterday (6 December) have suggested that the head of the UK's largest trade union for brewery workers has sided with Carlsberg and Heineken in their attempts to acquire Scottish & Newcastle, a claim just-drinks understands the union has strenuously denied.

Danish business daily Borsen yesterday (6 December) cited the leader of Unite, Brian Revell, as saying he backed the European brewers in their attempts to take over S&N.

Revell reportedly voiced his concerns over potential job losses which may come about as a result of S&N's outsourcing plans. Last month, the brewer announced plans to make cost savings in the UK of around GBP20m (US$41.3m). One of the initiatives includes a production and packaging agreement with Coors UK. Up to 3m hectolitres of on-trade volume will subsequently be produced under contract by Coors.

Revell also told the paper that the union had not ruled out using strike action against S&N due to the company's streamlining plans.

Although no-one at Unite was available for comment when contacted today, just-drinks understands that Revell has contacted the paper, demanding clarification of comments he made that were "taken out of context". A source close to the situation told just-drinks: "Unite has a good relationship with both Carlsberg and S&N. Revell has been misquoted, and has sought a correction from the Danish newspaper."