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Workers await ballot result at Budweiser plant where union rep sacked

WORKERS at a Lancashire brewery where trade union representative Paul Morley has been sacked expect to find out this weekend whether strike action over the issue has been approved in a ballot.

General union GMB representative Mr Morley raised concerns over health and safety when managers at Budweiser’s AB-InBev Brewery at Salmesbury in Preston demanded that the brewing process be speeded up.

He said management had not conducted a proper assessment into potential fatigue caused by the new process. Bosses responded by sacking him.

Regional organiser Shaun Buckley said: “Paul Morley has been sacked simply for trying to look after the wellbeing of his colleagues. It’s a disgrace.

“GMB understands management may want to streamline processes. All we ask is that they follow the appropriate health and safety assessments in doing so.”

The ballot on whether to strike in support of Mr Morley closed today and the result is expected to be announced this weekend.

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