Thirsty football fans facing beer drought during World Cup amid strike fears
Thirsty football fans could face a beer drought during the World Cup.
Delivery workers are threatening to strike over a pay row in the UK.
It could coincide with the tournament in Qatar – and hit supplies to pubs and venues from breweries including Heineken, Admiral Taverns and Shep-herd Neame.
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Around 1,000 GXO draymen are being balloted for industrial action over a 5% pay offer.
Union bosses branded it a “pay cut” which is “far below the 12.3 RPI rate of inflation”.
Unite’s Joe Clarke added: “Any disruption to pub-goers and GXO’s clients will be entirely the fault of the company for refusing to offer a pay deal that reflects soaring prices.” The draymen are responsible for around 40% of the beer deliveries to UK boozers.
Any walkouts at the 22 GXO sites are expected to take place over the World Cup and Christmas periods.
The tournament will run from November 20 to December 18, with England kicking off their bid for glory against Iran on November 21.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite will support our GXO members every step of the way in their fight for a fair pay rise.”
A GXO spokesman said: “We believe our proposal is very fair and follows an above-inflation annual pay raise last year.”
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Strikes have taken the nation by storm in recent weeks as transport companies, postal services and barristers stopped their regularly-scheduled work in protest against their rates of pay.
Last week it was reported that upcoming rail strikes could bring the country 'to an effective standstill' this weekend with companies including GWR, LNER, Transpennine Express, Avanti, and others take action on October 1.
Meanwhile Royal Mail workers today announced 19 days of strikes and is set to take action on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, putting millions of peoples' online shopping sprees at risk.
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