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Carlsberg Says Strike Halts Beer Output In Denmark

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Carlsberg , the world’s fourth-biggest brewery, said around 600 of its brewery workers and drivers in Denmark went on strike on Friday over pay, halting its beer production in the country.

The 3f union initiated the strike after the firm informed it there would be no local pay rises for blue collar workers this year following a weak Danish market in 2009, Carlsberg spokesman Jens Bakke said.

“Shift workers are being informed as they arrive at work, and some of them have chosen to go home,” said Bakke. “That means we are not producing (beer).”

The number of strikers could reach 1,100 by Sunday, Bakke said. He declined to comment on the likely financial effects of the action. “We don’t know how long the strike will last,” he said.

Carlsberg’s production unit in Denmark, Fredericia, has a yearly beer output of 430 million litres and roughly the same volume of soft drinks. The soft drinks workers have not yet decided whether to go on strike, Bakke said.

In 2008 Carlsberg produced around 110 hectolitres of beer. The firm’s full-year 2009 results are due on Feb.23.

3f officials were not immediately available for comment.

Central wage talks between trade unions and employers’ organisations are currently underway in Denmark, where Carlsberg is based.

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