Grolsch workers to strike over target-driven pay rise

Workers at brewing group Grolsch will go on strike for two hours on Wednesday as pay talks reach a stalemate, the FNV trade union Bondgenoten said on Monday.

Grolsch plans to introduce variable pay rises for its 800 staff in the Netherlands. The brewing group has offered the workforce a 2% rise but says 1.25% of that will only be implemented if the company meets targets.

Staff say they merit a proper rise given that inflation has reached 2.7% and that the company is doing well. Parent company SABMiller booked a rise in net profit of 14% last year.

In addition, the union is angry that the company wants to cut the extra holiday allowance by three days. ‘Workers are paying for the pay rise out of their own pockets,’ union spokesman Erik de Vries told news agency ANP.

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