Assurances on job security will be key when talks begin over plans by brewery giant Carlsberg to outsource 1,000 jobs in its distribution operation across the UK.
Unite, the country’s largest union which represents drivers, warehouse operatives and admin staff in 11 depots, today (Thursday 30 June) expressed ‘disappointment and dismay’ at the proposals of Carlsberg to outsource its beer distribution to DHL Tradeteam.
Unite regional officer Joe Clarke said: “We are dismayed by this announcement. We are waiting to see the full business plan that the Carlsberg management has prepared before we can comment in detail.
“The bottom line for Unite is that of job security of our members – we will fight any proposals for compulsory redundancies.
“We will also want copper-bottomed guarantees on pay, and terms and conditions should workers be TUPE’d [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations] to DHL Tradeteam.
“Unions reps from across the UK will be meeting management at Carlsberg’s Northampton headquarters on Monday 11 July when we hope that flesh is put on the bones of the company’s proposals.”
Besides delivering its own products, Carlsberg’s distribution operation also has contracts with the pub chains JD Wetherspoon and Punch Taverns.
The 11 Carlsberg depots are at: Alloa (Scotland), Birmingham, Bourne (Lincolnshire), Durham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Northampton, Nash Mead (Newport, South Wales), Southampton and Torquay.