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Derby hosts National Winter Ales Festival

One of the UK's biggest ale trade shows is taking place in Derby today, where the city has being making quite a name for itself in the brewery industry.

The Midlands has more breweries than anywhere else in the UK and nearly a third of those are in Derby, where up to 12,000 visitors are expected to attend the show over four days.

The National Winter Ales Festival has more than 410 different varieties of ales on offer and event organiser Gillian Hough has described how people's tastes are changing.

Brewery workers to vote on pay deal

Workers at the Molston Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent are due to vote on a new pay offer next week.

The announcement has been made by the Unite Union, who have been holding talks with management at the site.

The Burton plant produces Carling, Grolsch, Coors Lite and Cobra lagers, as well as beers including Worthington, White Shield and Stones.

Earlier this week, 97% of union members voted to go on strike, claiming that 455 workers face having their pay and conditions cut.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “Both sides have worked very hard, under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas to come up with this package of proposals."

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Brewery workers vote in favour of strike action

Brewery workers at Molson Coors in Burton-on-Trent have voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay.

Unite said its members at the site backed walkouts by 97%, but no strike dates have been set to allow peace talks to be held.

The union claims the 455 workers at the brewery plant face having their pay and conditions cut.

"Clearly we are disappointed by today's announcement. However, this vote does not make strike action a certainty given that negotiations are ongoing.

We continue our engagement in meaningful consultation with Unite and its members so that we come to a solution that supports a competitive future for Burton brewery and is fair to our employees."

– Molson Coors spokesman

Brewery staff lobby public for support over pay and conditions dispute

Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Employees at Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent are to lobby the public for support today in the town's shopping centre.

The workers are taking the action, which has been organised by Unite, over disputes about pay and conditions.

Over 150 brewery technicians could have their wages axed by up to £9,000-a-year.

The 455 people employed at Britain's biggest brewery face being sacked after June 10th and reemployed on inferior pay and conditions.

A strike ballot result is due on Tuesday 28th May.

Unite say brewery workers 'very angry' about shift changes

Unite the Union say changes being proposed by the management at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent are denying workers' human rights.

It has balloted more than 400 staff at the brewery in a row over pay, shift patterns and terms and conditions.

“Our members, the vast majority of the workforce, are very angry at the hardline attitude of the management which could mean they are sacked and then re-employed on inferior contracts.

“The company has confirmed it also requires workers to be contactable during annual leave.

“Our legal team believes this is a denial of our members’ right to a private and family life which exists under the Human Rights Act.

In other words, workers will either be working, or available to work or be contacted, 100 per cent of the time, at any time of day or night.”

– Rick Coyle, Unite regional officer

Burton brewers balloted for strike action

The Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent Credit: PA

More than 400 workers at Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent will be balloted for strike action in a row over pay and shift patterns.

Unite the Union claim 450 staff will be sacked after June 14, and then reinstated on lower pay and inferior terms & conditions.

One of the warehouses at the Molson Coors plant in Burton-on-Trent Credit: PA

It says some staff could lose up to £9,000 a year in the shake-up. Unite said that it had given the management seven days notice of the ballot which runs from 30 April to 28 May.

The brewery produces Carling, Grolsch, Coors Lite and Cobra lagers, as well as beers including Worthington, White Shield and Stones.

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Carling workers to hold strike ballot over job cuts

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Beer workers at the Carling plant in Burton-on-Trent, are to hold a strike ballot later this month.

The union Unite claims more than 400 staff at Molson Coors could be sacked after June 10, and reinstated on less pay.

The union says nearly 200 workers could lose as much as £9,000 a year in wages.