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Beer drought looms after delivery workers vote for strike

WORKERS who deliver almost half of Britain’s ale and lager are warning of a potential “beer drought” after voting today for strike action over pay.

About 1,000 draymen and women employed by logistics firm GXO have rejected a “paltry” below-inflation 1.4 per cent pay proposal from the company. 

They will stage two 24-hour strikes, on Tuesday August 24 and Thursday September 2, and also ban overtime, the Unite union announced.

The workers are based at 26 sites nationwide and deliver to 40 per cent of Britain’s hospitality industry.

Unite says the workers lost £8-10,000 through furlough and lack of overtime during the pandemic and received no pay increase last year.

They asked for a 3.9 per cent rise in line with inflation.

Unite national officer Joe Clarke said: “Now industrial action looms for late August, we call, once again, for the company to engage in meaningful negotiations regarding a decent pay increase for our members.”

GXO was asked to comment.

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