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Unite writes to Carlsberg regarding Lithuania strike

Unite has written to Carlsberg opposing its attempts to use the courts to prevent strike action.

06 March 2012

Carlsberg president Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen could be engaged in union bargaining with Unite, as the trade body has written to him demanding he stops using the courts to prevent his workers from striking.

Last year, on June 10th, members of the Lithuanian Trade Union of Food Producers at the company's brewery in the country voted to take industrial action to bolster their request for a business-level collective agreement.

However, on June 20th, the local district court argued beer production is "vitally essential" and suspended the strike for 30 days.

This suspension is still ongoing and appeals have been sent to the International Labour Organisation and other higher courts.

Unite claims the company is still attacking the rights of its workforce.

"Of course, many thousands of people think beer is great, but it does not save lives," national officer at the trade organisation Jennie Formby declared.

She said she has written to the Lithuanian Embassy regarding the "anti-union and unfair decision of the country's courts".

In 2010, Carlsberg's Copenhagen operations were hit by strike action after it imposed new rules restricting the volume of beer its colleagues could drink during the day.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Unite press release, March 5th

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