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The brewery industry is today dominated by major companies like AB InBev and Heineken. Effectively confronting these dominant transnational brewery companies is a key challenge the IUF Brewery Division set itself when it was established in 2016.
Over the last year, from multinational brewery companies to local craft operations, all beer industry companies have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Beer sales and volumes declined globally and the closure of restaurants, pubs and bars had a devastating impact on the brewery sector. As a result, brewery workers are facing major challenges, including restructuring. They also face great uncertainty about how the market will develop faced with the slow opening up of hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism activities.
To address these and other issues we would like to invite affiliates organizing in the brewery sector to IUF-EFFAT Breweries Meetings to take place via videoconference on March 24 and 25, 2021.
These meetings will allow affiliates to discuss issues and exchange experiences arising from beer company developments, including the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and corporate reactions to it.
Affiliates will have the opportunity to propose, assess and develop trade union strategies to mitigate the negative impact on employment arising from the pandemic, changing consumer trends and other industry and company specific issues.
Conference sessions will also provide opportunities to:
- help us to further develop the work of the Division and strengthen international links and organization amongst unions representing brewery workers;
- help us to support each other better during any future affiliate actions;
- determine the Division’s priorities for 2021-2022.
The breweries meetings are currently planned as follows:
AB InBev meeting: Wednesday, March 24, 13:00 – 15:00 CET
Heineken meeting: Wednesday, March 24, 15:00 – 17:00 CET
Brewery Conference: Thursday, March 25, 13:00 – 17:00 CET
Please let us know of any issues you would like to include in the agenda of these meetings by February 26, 2021 at the latest to [email protected]. A detailed agenda, the videoconference platform connection instructions and any other working documents will be sent to participants in due time.
IUF Gender policy
We would like to remind you of the policy of the IUF and an increasing number of our affiliates to ensure balanced gender representation in activities. Gender-balanced participation in this and other meetings advances equality and strengthens the IUF.
The working languages of the meeting will be English, French, German and Spanish. Affiliates needing assistance with other languages are asked to discuss this with the IUF Secretariat.