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Ain’t Nothing Like A Dane

April 11, 2010

Check this out. The workers at the Carlsberg plant in Copenhagen have walked off the job en masse in a job action to protest the company taking away their right to drink beer at will throughout the day.

The new policy would, get this, limit their on-the-job beer consumption to only three a day and force the workers to drink them only at lunchtime.  It’s truly an outrage, and I fully support the 1000+ workers who went on strike to fight for their rights.


The WSJ article has some details and some choice quotes:

“This is a right workers have had for 100 years,” Mr. Christiansen says. “Carlsberg has taken it away without any negotiating at all.”

Drunkenness isn’t a problem, workers argued. “There is sometimes some whistling and maybe some singing, but that’s not connected to the drinking,” said Martin Juralowicz, a 31-year-old forklift operator.

“If you drink three of those at lunch, that will affect your job performance,” Mr. Juralowicz said. “It’s better to space out your beers, one for each of the three breaks.”

Now that’s a labor movement I can get behind.  Oh, and one more detail:

Carlsberg’s truck drivers joined the strike in sympathy — even though they are exempt from the new rules, Bekke said. The truck drivers are permitted to bring three beers from the canteen.

The trucks have alcohol ignition locks preventing the drivers from driving drunk, he added.

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