Brits issued grim pub warning as boozers to be hit by beer and crisp shortage
Brits could face a nightmare scenario with no crisps or booze in the pub, due to a shortage of delivery drivers and strikes.
Around 1,000 draymen – who are responsible for a whopping 40 per cent of deliveries to the UK’s boozers – are set to walk out on August 24.
Unite union says they’ve been forced into the direct action because of losses totalling up to £10,000 each due to furlough and a lack of overtime.
Many are unhappy with their pay and working conditions, reports The Sun.
They were offered a pay rise of 1.4 per cent this year, which Unite argued was not enough.
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As well as the 24 hour strike next week, they say they will also walk out on September 2 if their needs aren’t met.
Unite’s Joe Clarke said: “Our members have suffered great financial hardship so voting almost unanimously for this action is no surprise.
“(Workers are) working flat out currently to meet the high demand for beer volumes in our pubs as society opens.
“(But) a beer drought could result if our members vote for industrial action… this disruption would be on top of the ‘pingdemic’ that is already hitting the sector.”
And it’s approaching crunch time for crisp stocks too, which have plummeted due to low numbers of HGV drivers due to Brexit and coronavirus.
The government has introduced several measures to try and tackle the problem.
It has extended the amount of time drivers can work in one shift from nine to ten hours, which allows longer journeys.
And supermarket chain The Co-Op is recruiting 3,000 temporary drivers to keep their goods flowing.
Other food stores are even offering huge £5,000 bonuses to anyone who can attract new recruits.
But with the Road Haulage Association saying 100,000 drivers are needed, industry chiefs say problems still remain.
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