LI KA-SHING BRANDED AS SCROOGE BY STRIKING WORKERS OF UK PUB CHAIN GREENE KING
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Li Ka-shing Foundation/Twitter
Seven days of strike action by workers of Hong Kong-owned UK brewer and pub chain operator Greene King starts today over a pay increase dispute.
Greene King is owned by Hong Kong’s leading property group CK Asset Holdings, which is part of the CK Hutchison Group owned by Hong Kong property tycoon Li Ka-shing.
In a statement issued yesterday, UK’s Unite union described the pay increase offered by CK Asset to Greene King workers as “a scrooge pay deal”.
A total of 188 Greene King workers, including production and distribution workers, drivers and draymen will start strike action today until 23 December and a further four days between 28 December and 31 December.
The striking workers are members of Unite union based at Bury St Edmunds of Suffolk, Eastwood of Nottinghamshire and Abingdon of Oxfordshire.
Unite’s general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Greene King’s ultimate owners are the Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison Group. They are incredibly wealthy so Greene King workers should be paid fairly. Instead, workers are being offered a pay cut dressed up as a pay rise.”
Unite said Greene King only offered the workers a 3 percent pay increase and a further one-off payment of £650 (USD786).
Despite that the company has made a revised offer of a two year pay deal, Unite said with the real inflation rate currently standing at 14 percent, the revised offer still amounts to a very substantial real terms wage cut.
The strike will affect supplies of beers and ales including IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale to pubs, restaurants and shops during the festive period.
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