Brits face beer and crisps shortage due to lack of delivery drivers and strike action

BRITS face a beer and crisps shortage due to a lack of delivery drivers and strike action.

Around 1,000 draymen, responsible for 40 per cent of deliveries to pubs, will walk out.

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Brits face a beer and crisps shortage due to a lack of delivery drivers and strike action[/caption]

The Unite union said they had lost up to £10,000 in a year due to furlough and lack of overtime — with no pay increase for 2020.

They have voted to strike for 24 hours on August 24 and September 2.

Unite’s Joe Clarke said: “Our members have suffered great financial hardship so voting almost unanimously for this action is no surprise.”

Many work across GXO Logistics Drinks’ 26 sites.

GXO said: “Discussions are ongoing.”

Crisp stocks have also been running low as HGV driver numbers drop due to Brexit and the pandemic.

The Road Haulage Association says 100,000 more are needed.

The Co-op is recruiting 3,000 temporary workers to keep stores stocked.

Supermarket chains are offering drivers bonuses of up to £5,000 to stay in the job or to attract recruits.

The Government has temporarily extended drivers’ permitted working time from nine to ten hours, allowing longer journeys.

But distribution problems remain, say industry chiefs.

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Unite’s Joe Clarke said: ‘Our members have suffered great financial hardship so voting almost unanimously for this action is no surprise’[/caption]


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