UK pubs face World Cup beer shortage with delivery drivers to strike before and potentially during the Qatar tournament over pay and job cuts
Pubs across the UK could face a beer shortage ahead of the World Cup with delivery drivers set to go on strike.
GXO Logistics make up around 40 per cent of beer deliveries and an estimated 1000 of their workers are set for industrial action over pay and job cuts.
The first round of strikes are set to take place between October 31 and November 4, with more planned closer to the World Cup start date on November 20.
The Unite union said the action would ‘impede the ability of pubs and other venues to replenish their cellars prior to the World Cup’ with around 4500 pubs in London and the south-east relying on the company.
GXO Logistics have 22 depots spanning the UK delivering from breweries such as Heineken, Stonegate, Admiral Taverns and Shepherd Neame.
The US firm recorded $2.2billion in revenue in the three month quarter from the end of June, with UK operations making $777million of that, the highest of any wing of the company.
However, workers have been left unhappy by a five per cent pay rise during the cost of living crisis, which comes with a reduction in sick pay.
GXO are also planning the closure of a depot in Dagenham, Essex, which will lead to staff cuts and an increased workload on nearby sites.
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The World Cup in Qatar begins on November 20 and runs until the final on December 18 with England and Wales fans expected to flood to bars for the first ever winter tournament.
Fans in the UK may still have more luck getting a drink that those travelling to Qatar for the tournament where it is illegal to drink or be drunk in public.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions, who begin their campaign against Iran on November 21, have dropped down to fourth favourites among bookmakers, behind Brazil, France and Argentina.