Guinness strike suspended

Workers walk out Thursday, but to resume production today

Apr 13, 2001 - A brief strike at Guinness was suspended late Thursday night, ending fears that pubs could run out of stout over the Easter holiday period. A company spokesman said workers would resume shipping beer today.


The breakthrough came after seven hours of talks by union and management negotiators. Earlier, more than 1,000 workers shut down plants in Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny and Dundalk, a border town to the north where Guinness plans to shut a packaging plant later this month. The strikers are demanding that the Dundalk plant remain open, saving 150 jobs.

As part of the late-night deal, Guinness executives agreed to reconsider when to close the plant, but insisted it still needed to be shut eventually. They warned that if strike action were resumed, the strikers' own jobs might be in danger.

Guinness runs breweries in more than 50 countries, and sells some 20 variants of its stout in 150 countries - but its business at home is still estimated to be worth $16 million per day to the company. The strike was not expected to affect supplies or sales outside Ireland in the short run, but much of the Guinness sold in the United States is brewed at its Dublin brewery.

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