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Beer delivery staff on strike
UNION chiefs are predicting disruption to the deliveries of beer in Hampshire after drinks delivery firm staff take part in 24 hour strike today.
More than 20 employees of Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics, which has a base in Chandler's Ford Industrial Estate, have walked out until tomorrow at 10am.
Unite claims that national agreements on terms and conditions are being ignored, bringing the prospect of "significant" job losses.
The company said it needed to review its warehouse and transport networks to provide a more efficient service, and had strike contingency plans in place.
But Unite said it had not been consulted and as a result of today's strike there would be “significant disruption to the supply of beer”.
There will also be a continuous ban on overtime and a work-to-rule. The union said pubs and premises run by Enterprise Inns, Trust Inns, Wetherspoons and Wells and Young's would be particularly affected.
Places such as airports, railway stations, some Premier League football clubs and government buildings including the Houses of Parliament would also be affected, the union added.
The action will hit deliveries of Foster's, Heineken and Kronenbourg lagers, John Smith's bitter, Strongbow cider and Britvic soft drinks.
A Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics spokeman said: "KN Drinks Logistics confirms that senior members of its management team met on Monday with Unite in an effort to resolve the current dispute concerning planned changes to the company’s national drinks distribution network.
"It is widely known that volumes of drinks being consumed in licensed premises across the UK have steadily declined in recent years.
"With the support of its customers and lengthy consultation with employees, including Unite members, KN Drinks Logistics has spent a number of years transitioning to a more flexible distribution model which will hold stock at three existing large “hubs” supported by 23 transit points across the country.
"Eleven of these 23 transit points formerly operated as limited stock-holding locations.
"This model meets the changing demands of the market due to consumer behaviour, ensures the long-term sustainability of drinks distribution to licensed premises, and safeguards jobs for the future.
"At yesterday’s meeting the company made a number of proposals, including commitment to undertake further meaningful consultation with Unite prior to implementing further changes to its distribution network.
"The Union was not prepared to accept these proposals and also refused to accept the company’s offer to involve ACAS in further discussions.
"No further meetings are scheduled between KN Drinks Logistics and Unite.
"KN Drinks Logistics is committed to delivering a high quality of service. The Company will continue to work closely with all its customers and use contingency plans to minimise any disruption resulting from planned industrial action."
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