Heineken has informed customers that the planned industrial action next week (24-25 August) and the following week (2 – 3 September) has been cancelled.
The proposed industrial action by GXO, (formerly XPO) would have seen beer orders cancelled across the country as around 1,000 draymen, responsible for 40% of beer deliveries, went on strike. The action would also have been accompanied by an overtime ban and work to rule.
However, it appears that Unite, whose GXO Logistics Members, voted for the action over what they called a ‘paltry’ pay offer of 1.4% for 2o21, has come to an agreement, which is still subject to a ballot. This will mean that the strike has been averted.
Heineken has written to customers saying “it is a positive step’. However it has asked customers not to “try and place orders at this stage.” Explaining, “Systems need to be updated.”