Carlsberg to outsource 1,000 distribution jobs nationally, union claims

Union leaders are seeking assurances of job security after Carlsberg, which has a major depot in Northampton, announced plans to outsource 1,000 distribution staff.

Unite, which represents drivers, warehouse operatives and admin staff in 11 UK depots, expressed ‘disappointment and dismay’ at the proposals of Carlsberg to outsource its beer distribution to DHL Tradeteam.

Regional officer Joe Clarke said: “We are dismayed by this announcement. We are waiting to see the full business plan that the Carlsberg management has prepared before we can comment in detail.

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“The bottom line for Unite is that of job security of our members – we will fight any proposals for compulsory redundancies.

“We will also want copper-bottomed guarantees on pay, and terms and conditions should workers be TUPE’d to DHL Tradeteam.

Unions reps from across the UK will be meeting management at Carlsberg’s Northampton headquarters on Monday, July 11, to find out more details.

Besides delivering its own products, Carlsberg’s distribution operation also has contracts with the pub chains JD Wetherspoon and Punch Taverns.

The 11 Carlsberg depots are in Northampton, Alloa, Birmingham, Bourne, Durham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newport, Southampton and Torquay.