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Lunch-Only Beer Policy Prompts Carlsberg Strike

April 12, 2010
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The Associated Press reports Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company''s new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen. Previously, they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites. The only restriction was workers could not be drunk at work. Carlsberg decided to impose the new stricter rules on April 1, prompting protests from the staff. Around 800 workers went on strike Wednesday and around 250 walked off their jobs Thursday, resulting in interruptions to beer transports in and around Copenhagen.

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