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    Beer delivery drivers to strike in pay dispute

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    About 1,000 GXO drivers in Britain will take strike action over five days from the end of the month in a dispute over pay, the Unite union said on Tuesday, warning of disruption to beer deliveries.

    The strikes, from Oct. 31 and Nov. 4, will impact beer supplies to pubs and venues supplied by major breweries, including Heineken, Stonegate, Admiral Taverns and Shepherd Neame, Unite said, adding that GXO drivers made around 40 per cent of UK beer deliveries.

    The drivers will also begin a continuous overtime ban on Oct. 24.

    Unite said workers had rejected a 5 per cent pay offer and that GXO was demanding a reduction in sick pay.

    “Any disruption to the UK’s beer supplies is entirely the result of GXO’s greed,” Unite national officer for food, drink and agriculture, Joe Clarke, said. “It must return to the negotiating table with an offer our members can accept.”

    A spokesperson for GXO said the US-based logistics company’s offer was “significantly above” 5 per cent and did not impact sick pay.

    “We are extremely disappointed that the union has rejected our proposal, which is highly competitive and follows an above-inflation annual pay raise last year.”

    GXO said it had plans in place to minimise any impact on customers in the event of a strike.

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