Unions demand ‘reassurances’ over jobs after brewery sale

Union officials are demanding “reassurances on job security” after a £2.7bn deal for pub giant Greene King was announced.

Unite is concerned the sale to Hong Kong’s CK Asset Holdings could have “major ramifications” for the sector and the hundreds of thousands of people employed in it.

Greene King is headquartered in Suffolk and has distribution centres in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, and Abingdon.

“Unite will be seeking an urgent meeting with Greene King, as well as with the management of CK Asset Holdings to gain a better understanding of the future business strategy,” said Unite regional officer Mark Jaina.

“Our first priority is to seek reassurances for our members on future job security, and pay and employment conditions. However, we need to study this takeover in much greater detail before commenting further.”