Netherlands -Grolsch brewery comes to a deal -October 16, 2013

Workers at brewing group Grolsch went on strike in the midst of a pay dispute. Collective agreement negotiations stalled after the company made an offer of 2% wage increase dependent on the company meeting certain targets. Trade unions reacted that workers deserve an unconditional raise given an inflation of 2.7% and a 14% profit that parent company SABMiller made last year. Further outrage was caused by the company’s demand to cut three days of holiday’s allowance. The strikers reached an agreement that entails a 2.5% wage increase. The proposed reduction of days off has been withdrawn.




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