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Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King's response to Unite strike ballot vote

Bury St Edmunds-based brewer Greene King says it is confident a threat by Unite members in its brewing division to potentially strike this year would have little impact on deliveries to pubs.

A ballot held by the union, which represents fewer than 170 people across three out of Greene King’s 15 drinks distribution depots – in Bury, Eastwood and Abingdon – has voted in favour of industrial action.

A Greene King spokesperson said in response: “We remain disappointed that Unite has encouraged its members to reject our offer of a two per cent pay rise for its members, as well as a number of other benefits, and pursue this course of action.

Green King Brewery. (26656464)
Green King Brewery. (26656464)

"Our pay rise offer is fair and consistent across the brewing division, especially given the challenging wider economic environment.

“We would like to reassure all our customers that only three out of 15 delivery depots would potentially be impacted by any strike action – Bury, Eastwood and Abingdon – and Unite members account for fewer than 170 people out of 800 in our brewery workforce. This means we will still have a majority of non-Unite members working and we have drawn up full contingency plans to ensure there is minimal disruption to our customers.”

Unite now has until mid-July to carry out any strike action and must give Greene King two weeks’ notice before doing so.

Out of 38,000 employees across Greene King's pubs, breweries and head offices there are just under 170 Unite members in the brewing division who could potentially strike.

As a result, Greene King says it expects any impact to be minimal.

This potential strike action involves some members of Greene King's brewing division and not team members in pubs.

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