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One less reason to work in a brewery

Danish brewer Carlsberg says it plans to curtail brewery workers’ right to drink on the job.

“One of the last, best perks” of the Danish beer industry is in mortal danger, said John Miller and David Kesmodel in The Wall Street Journal. Danish brewer Carlsberg says it plans to curtail brewery workers’ right to drink on the job, limiting them to three pints at lunchtime. The cutback comes amid rising concern about workplace accidents and impaired driving by brewery workers.

Carlsberg employees aren’t taking this lying down, said the London Daily Mail. Nearly 800 workers briefly struck last week over the change. Union leaders say they’re defending the principle that management can’t unilaterally rescind negotiated benefits. But rank-and-file workers have a simpler explanation. “We need to keep our beer,” says Juseif Izaivi, 32. “I need a beer when I take a cigarette break.”

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