Brewer calls time on hundreds of UK jobs
Sunday 07 December 2008
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company behind the Stella Artois, Becks and Budweiser brands, looks set to cull hundreds of jobs in the UK.
A memo sent last week to staff of the group, created by InBev's $52bn (£35bn) purchase last month of Anheuser-Busch, warned of "potential redundancies across the combined organisation", adding that the management planned "to carry out restructures within a number of areas across the businesses".
The email, sent by Stuart McFarlane, AB InBev's UK president, and Tony Monteiro, European production director, stated that "due to the number of people potentially affected by these changes, we will undertake a 90-day consultation process".
AB InBev which is based in Belgium, employs 120,000 people globally and more than 2,500 in the UK. With a head office in Luton, it has operations in England, Scotland, Wales, as well as the Republic of Ireland.
The email listed in detail the areas of the business where staff were being assessed for redundancy, including: all previous Anheuser-Busch UK sales and support staff; InBev employees in on- and off-trade multiples; commercial on- and off-trade InBev roles; as well as workers in InBev operations, finance and corporate affairs.
When the deal between the two companies was struck, the expected savings from the tie-up were put at $1.5bn a year. The new group sugg-ested that job losses would be kept to a minimum.
In 2006, when InBev instigated a job cuts programme in Belgium, 2,000 protesting staff forced the temporary closure of three of the firm's factories. Earlier this year it locked horns with the GMB union over 160 job losses at its Samlesbury brewery near Preston.
AB InBev spokespeople were unavailable for comment.
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle
Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary: Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
Prince Philip set to be knighted by Australia: Celebrate by reading his greatest gaffes
New York snow: Winter Storm Juno downgraded as 'one of the largest snowstorms in history' fails to show
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
iJobs Money & Business
£30000 - £32000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, int...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding business...
£25 - 28k + Bonus: Guru Careers: An In-house / Internal Recruiter is needed to...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Tax Assistant is required to join a leading ...