Strike action which could have seen bank holiday beer shortage has been postponed

PROPOSED strike action by 1,000 draymen which could have hit up to 40 per cent of Britain’s beer deliveries has been postponed.

Union chiefs have accepted a four per cent pay offer and recommended it to members, with planned stoppages off while the vote is taken.

The previous offer of 1.4 per cent by GXO Logistics Drinks had led to a 97 per cent vote for industrial action.

It could have seen pubs left short this week and next, in a move dubbed “barmageddon”.

But Unite union national officer Joe Clarke said: “Our members keep the nation’s beer pumps flowing and pint glasses filled and they deserve a fair pay rise.

"We believe GXO’s offer of four per cent delivers this and will be recommending our members accept the deal.

“All industrial action has been suspended while we conduct this democratic process.”

The ballot on the offer has begun and closes on August 31, meaning Bank Holiday supplies will go ahead.

GXO had previously agreed to further talks, adding: “Discussions are ongoing in order to reach agreement, in particular for the hospitality sector only now emerging from the impact of Covid-19 lockdown.

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