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Industrial action averted at Glen Road Brewery

29 September, 2004


West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has welcomed the statement from the union representing Interbrew workers at the Glen Road Brewery, that the company has honoured pledges regarding the redundancy packages being offered to workers after the closure of the brewery. This ove has averted the prospect of industrial action at the Glen Road site.

Mr Adams said:

" I am pleased that the matter has been resolved without recourse to industrial action. Over the past number of weeks I have pressed Interbrew to do the right thing by the workers, many of whom have spent their working lives in the brewery and met the challenges set by Interbrew over the past two years to reduce costs and introduce flexible working practices.

" I was extremely disappointed when Interbrew announced the ending of production at the Glen Road site. Beer had been brewed on the site for over one hundred years and eighty jobs depended on production. These jobs, skills and traditions were lost with the decision by Interbrew to end production.

" I am pleased that the offer made by Interbrew has been accepted by the workforce and I would hope that this will safeguard the remaining jobs on the site." ENDS

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