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Midlands pub firms slash prices in beer tax protest

Midland pub companies are slashing their prices today as part of a national protest over VAT.

Holdens Brewery, based in Dudley, and Burton-on-Trent firm Punch Taverns are among 40 pub and restaurant chains across the UK cutting prices by 7.5 per cent.

Two Midland pub firms are joining a day of action to protest the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector
Two Midland pub firms are joining a day of action to protest the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The day of action has been organised to draw attention to the amount of tax paid by the hospitality sector.

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The 40 pubs and restaurants cutting prices today

Flyer for tax parity day appearing on the JD Wetherspoon website. Credit: Facebook/wetherspoon

Forty pubs and restaurants will cut their prices by 7.5 percent today in a protest against the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector.

Several chains and brands are taking part in the campaign, including JD Wetherspoon, Subway, Pret a Manger and Heineken.

Read: The full list of the 40 outlets taking part

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Burton NHS bosses welcome 'high fliers' scheme

Bosses at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust say they are in favour of the government's new scheme to hire 'high flier' managers at failing hospitals.

The Trust is one of four in the Midlands which has been labeled as 'failing'.

It will be paired with University Hospitals, Birmingham to try and raise standards.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with University Hospitals, Birmingham who have an excellent reputation.

"Being partnered with a larger Trust to share their knowledge and expertise will help to us to continue to build upon the improvements that we are already making.

“Burton Hospitals are committed to delivering consistent care that is effective, safe and that provides the most positive patient experience."

– Helen Ashley, Chief Executive, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Woman escapes as fire rips through house in Burton

Firefighters battled for five hours this afternoon to put out a blaze which ripped through the upstairs and roof space of a house in Burton-on-Trent.

The three-pump fire took hold of the house, in Berry Hedge Lane, at around 11am and crews only left the scene at 4pm.

The woman who was living there managed to escape before crews arrived. She has been offered emergency accommodation.

Fire investigation officers are now examining the bedroom to establish the cause of the blaze.

A Staffordshire Fire Service spokeswoman said it is thought overloaded plug sockets could be to blame.

Midlands children to mark FA's 150 year milestone

School children from the Midlands are to take part in an event as part of celebrations to mark the 150th year of the Football Association.

England manager Roy Hodgson during a training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The event will see around 30 children take on a giant maze at The National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-upon-Trent, situated on the doorstep of St George's Park.

The FA's General Secretary Alex Horne will be in attendance.

Brewery workers threaten strike action

Trade Union Unite is ballotting workers in a row over pay, conditions and shift patterns

Workers at Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent say they want more information on proposed changes to working hours or they could go on strike.

Trade Union Unite is ballotting workers in a row over pay, conditions and shift patterns. It says staff want more details before the ballot. The Burton plant produces Carling, Grolsch, Coors Lite and Cobra lagers, as well as beers including Worthington, White Shield and Stones.

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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."

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.

Update on incident that closed A&E in Burton

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service went to an incident at Queen’s Hospital and Hobbycraft, Burton-on-Trent yesterday.

Two fire engines from Longton and one from Burton attended, after four Hobbycraft employees went to the hospital's A&E department after coming into contact with the substance.

The powder was later identified as Napthalene, which is a low risk product, and used to fumigate products shipped from abroad.

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