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Post date: 10/22/2013 - 09:39

Netherlands : SABMiller's Grolsch brewery workers go on strike

Workers at brewing group Grolsch went on strike for 2 days in the first week of October as pay talks reached a stalemate, the IUF affiliated FNV trade union Bondgenoten reported.

Grolsch plans to introduce variable pay rises for its 800 staff in the Netherlands. The brewing group has offered the workforce a 2% rise but says 1.25% of that will only be implemented if the company meets targets.

Staff say they merit a proper rise given that inflation has reached 2.7% and that the company is doing well. Parent company SABMiller booked a rise in net profit of 14% last year.

In addition, the union is angry that the company wants to cut the extra holiday allowance by three days. 'Workers are paying for the pay rise out of their own pockets,' union spokesman Erik de Vries told.

Workers at brewing group Grolsch went on strike for 2 days in the first week of October as pay talks reached a stalemate, the IUF affiliated FNV trade union Bondgenoten reported.

Grolsch plans to introduce variable pay rises for its 800 staff in the Netherlands. The brewing group has offered the workforce a 2% rise but says 1.25% of that will only be implemented if the company meets targets.

Staff say they merit a proper rise given that inflation has reached 2.7% and that the company is doing well. Parent company SABMiller booked a rise in net profit of 14% last year.

In addition, the union is angry that the company wants to cut the extra holiday allowance by three days. 'Workers are paying for the pay rise out of their own pockets,' union spokesman Erik de Vries told.

As a result of 2 days strike a collective agreement was reached between the union and management that will be valid until April 30 2015.

Over this period there will be given a structural raise of salaries of 2,5% and an incentive based raise of 1%.

The initial proposal done by management only included a raise of salary on incentive base for which employees were pushed to give up three days of holiday. Agreement ensured that employees keep their 3 additional holidays, where SAB Miller demanded to sacrifice them in return for the variable compensation.

Grolsch is the 21st largest provider of beer in the world, and is available in 70 countries and has been a part of the SABMiller group since March 2008.