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Post date: 01/18/2011 - 16:46

Coors consultation casts doubt on workers’ future in Burton

A BREWING giant has moved to quell fears that staff in Burton could face redundancy.

Several workers from Molson Coors contacted the Mail after a meeting was held with staff from the kegging and stock control department, to inform them that a consultation had been launched as a result of possible changes to ‘shift patterns and working practices’.

A BREWING giant has moved to quell fears that staff in Burton could face redundancy.

Several workers from Molson Coors contacted the Mail after a meeting was held with staff from the kegging and stock control department, to inform them that a consultation had been launched as a result of possible changes to ‘shift patterns and working practices’.

A spokesman for the firm said: “First of all I would like to point out that legally if we are to implement changes that involve more than 100 employees a consultation has to be launched.

“It can be confirmed that on Wednesday staff in the kegging and stock control departments in Burton were informed of the situation.

“The initial period for the consultation will be 90 days but this can change as a result of discussion with staff.

“The changes we are looking to implement are to enhance the flexibility of the workforce and bring about a more costeffective way of working.

“This is all to secure the long-term sustainability of the Burton operation.

“At this moment in time it would be inappropriate to discuss redundancies.

“Also at this point, due to the early stages, we have no more details about changes in jobs and roles.”

One worker, who asked not to be named, told the Mail that workers felt they were being fed ‘mumbo jumbo’ and that it was feared that up to a dozen people could lose their jobs.

A spokesman for the union Unite said: “It is quite difficult to discuss this matter as the consultation is at an early stage.

“We have a long list of questions we will be putting to Molson Coors and once we have more details will help staff in any way possible.”