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Britain faces beer 'drought' after alcohol delivery drivers vote to go on strike

Mirror logo Mirror 14/06/2019 Ruki Sayid
a hand holding a glass of wine: Man drinking pint of beer. © Getty Man drinking pint of beer.

A beer delivery drivers’ strike could leave Britons pining for their favourite pints.

Truckers who supply Carlsberg and Molson Coors brands to Greene King, Mitchells & Butlers, JD Wetherspoon and Whitbread pubs could cause shortages over “unmanageable workloads”.

Some 100 drivers and their colleagues from DHL-owned logistics firm Tradeteam in Sheffield and Immingham, Lincs, have voted for industrial action.

Close up color image depicting a group of people celebrating with a toast. The people cheers their glasses of beer (pints of beer) together in a gesture of celebration, togetherness and happiness. The people are defocused in the background, while focus is on the glasses of beer in the foreground. Room for copy space. © Getty Close up color image depicting a group of people celebrating with a toast. The people cheers their glasses of beer (pints of beer) together in a gesture of celebration, togetherness and happiness. The people are defocused in the background, while focus is on the glasses of beer in the foreground. Room for copy space. Unite union representative Harriet Eisner warned drinkers in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands they could go thirsty but said a “drought” was avoidable. Talks with Tradeteam bosses are set for Monday.

Carlsberg which owns its signature lager as well as Heineken and Kronenbourg, said it was making plans to “minimise disruption” if talks failed.

Molson Coors which owns labels including Carling, Cobra and Worthington’s, said it was “disappointed” with situation.

Whitbread said it had a “contingency plan”, while Wetherspoons declined to comment.

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