Molson Coors settles pay dispute with staff

Molson Coors has settled a long-running pay dispute with employees at its brewery in Burton-on-Trent.

The dispute centred on pay and conditions, as well as proposed new shift patterns for the 455 employees. In May 2013, employees voted in favour of strike action by a margin of 97%.

The new deal includes:

  • A pay reduction of £862 from 1 January 2014 and £862 from 1 January 2015 for all workers, who were previously facing pay cuts of up to £9,000 a year.
  • Severance and redundancy payments available for all workers facing a pay cut.
  • The complete withdrawal of radical shift proposals, which could have seen shifts changed at 24-hours notice and workers called in while on holiday.

A spokesperson for Molson Coors said: “We would like to thank our employees for their patience and support over the consultation period and Unite for the positive contribution it has made to these vital negotiations.”

Rick Coyle, regional officer at trade union Unite, added: “This workforce stunned Molson Coors by the strength, determination and scale of the solidarity [it] displayed.”