Carlsberg brewery workers strike in Denmark after bosses tell staff they can only drink at lunchtime
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 7:32 PM on 8th April 2010
For lunchtime only: Carlsberg brewery workers have gone on strike
Hundreds of Carlsberg workers have gone on strike for a second day after a 'beer ban' was imposed by bosses.
Up to 800 employees walked out of the firm's Copenhagen factory in protest over its decision to allow drinking only at lunchtime.
Jens Bekke, a spokesman for Carlsberg, the world's fourth-biggest brewer, said: 'There has been free beer, water and soft drinks everywhere. Yesterday, beers were removed from all refrigerators.
'The only place that you can get a beer in future is in the canteen, at lunch.'
He said drivers and warehouse workers were particularly upset because they have lost the right to drink three beers a day outside lunch hours.
'Because of that, other staff are striking in sympathy,' he added.
As many as 800 are believed to have walked out on Wednesday, with 250 absent from work yesterday.
The Confederation of Danish Industry and trade union 3F had agreed to look into the dispute.
Shipments of Carlsberg from Copenhagen have been suspended, with delays expected across the rest of Denmark.
However, Mr Bekke said that the financial effect of the walkout is expected to be minor.
He added that the company's trucks have been fitted with alcohol locks so that drivers would not be able to drink too much and drive.