A-B Inbev blames tax rise for staff cuts

22 January, 2010

A-B Inbev UK could make staff cuts following proposals to overhaul the business.

A spokeswoman for the brewer, which produces Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck’s, said a consultation process with its 1,448 employees began last week.

A statement from the company said: “This arises as a result of a review of our operations as part of our normal business processes.

Our aim is to put the business on a sustainable footing for the future and to increase focus on our brands.

“Implementing the proposals would be a responsible way for our business to address the challenging economic environment, which has been exacerbated by record duty increases.”?Decisions have yet to be made but many?of the proposals relate to “changes in ways of working?”, it said.

The consultation process is set to end around April 7. The brewing giant announced it is to axe around 800 jobs across western Europe but didn’t confirm how many would go in the UK.

Disgruntled staff in Belgium blockaded breweries and held 10 A-B Inbev managers hostage for 11 hours over the plans. According to press reports, workers released them after demanding to speak to someone at head office?.

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