UK: Trade union “unhappy” with Carlsberg and S&N
The UK's largest trade union for brewery workers has voiced its dissatisfaction for both Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle's amidst their current acquisition battle.
Speaking to just-drinks today (10 December) Unite's national organiser responsible for food, drink and agriculture, Brian Revell, said: "At the moment, we're not supporting anybody. We're unhappy with Carlsberg who have started the whole process by making the bid and we're unhappy with S&N for outsourcing a considerable amount of production."
Following reports on Friday from Danish business daily Borsen, which cited Revell, as saying he backed the European brewers in their attempts to take over S&N, Revell dismissed such claims adding: "I did say I could envisage a situation where maybe we could support alternatives, which was turned into us giving our total support to Carlsberg, which is far from the case. We are not going down that road; it is just a possibility, obviously, because we would have weighed things up."
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 added: "What we'd like to see is a solution where the existing S&N breweries in the UK continue to be supported and obviously through that, the jobs of our members being secure. Workers interests have, on some occasions, figured in company's acquisition proposals, so that's something that would be a desirable possibility."
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