A planned strike by Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) Abbotsford brewery workers in the week leading to the AFL Grand Final will likely not have any effect on the supply of beer to the MCG.
After seven months of negotiations over their wages and conditions, Abbotsford brewery workers have decided to take industrial action against CUB ahead of the AFL grand final next Saturday (October 3).
Clancy Dobbyn, a spokesman for the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), the union representing CUB workers, told The Newsroom:
“The intention of the industrial action is to deliver better outcomes for CUB workers than the wage freeze that is currently being offered by CUB.”
CUB spokeswoman Jennifer Howard said that they are prepared to sort things out with the workers and come to a conclusion that will please both parties.
“We’re keen to keep genuine negotiations going and are willing to consider any reasonable resolution which keeps parties talking,” she said.
CUB reassured footy fans that there would be no shortage of beer at the AFL grand final.
“Footy fans heading for the Grand Final next Saturday don’t need to worry; we always ensure that the deliveries to the MCG are made well ahead of time and this year is no exception,” Ms Howard said. – Ayan Kut
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