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Pub delivery staff to be balloted on strike action
4:10pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Hampshire Business
HAMPSHIRE workers will be among nearly 1,000 pub delivery staff balloted for strike action this week.
Workers at the Chandler’s Ford site of Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics, a transport firm supplying the hospitality industry, are among those being asked to consider industrial action.
Unite is balloting drivers, drayman and warehouse members today at 27 sites in a row over changes to work conditions.
Union bosses are warning that industrial action would see “severe” disruption to deliveries of brand names such as Britvick soft drinks, Heineken, Kronenbourg, Shepherd Neame and John Smith’s.
The ballot closes on August 28 with workers being asked to consider strike action and industrial action short of a strike.
According to the union, about 20 people work at a Chandler’s Ford site in School Lane.
Rhys McCarthy, Unite national officer for the food and drinks sector, said: “In recent months the management at KNDL has rode roughshod over the national agreement and has unilaterally started imposing changes to working conditions for our members without meaningful consultation.
“Unite’s repeated attempts to rectify these breaches have been met with intransigence by the management and, as a last resort, our members are being balloted for industrial action.
“We call on the management to enter into constructive talks with Unite immediately to restore good industrial relations by adhering to the national agreement that they signed up to.”
A spokesman from KN Drinks Logistics, confirmed that the company had received notification from Unite.
She added: “The company is fully committed to ongoing dialogue with Unite and plans to meet with union representatives on August 29 to discuss the situation further.”
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