Community pubs minister slams Unite and Labour over beer strike action

By Michelle Perrett

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Community pubs minister Brandon Lewis has slammed the Unite union and the Labour Party for the Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics planned 24-hour strike action by employees.

Workers are set to strike​ for 24 hours from 10am on 11 September.

The union claims that deliveries to 30,000 licensed premises could be affected, meaning “significant disruption to the supply of beer across the country”.

Unite has said the issue at the centre of the dispute is the way the firm allegedly breached the agreement that governs the terms and conditions of the workforce.

However minister for community pubs, Brandon Lewis MP, said: “This is a national disgrace. Labour’s biggest union paymaster is hitting at the right of hardworking people to have a pint after a day’s work.

“In contrast, Conservatives have knocked a penny off a pint. We have also scrapped Labour’s beer duty escalator, which was bankrupting community pubs.

“Ed Miliband must condemn this strike; if he’s too weak to stand up to his union bosses, he’s too weak to stand up for hardworking people.”

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