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A union in Lithuania has been barred from striking at a brewery because the owners have managed to get the courts to view beer production as an 'essential service'!
From the IUF website:
Management attacks on workers and their unions continue at Carlsberg, the world's 4th largest brewery company. A planned strike by union workers at the Carlsberg brewery in Lithuania has been declared illegal by an outrageous court decision which is now the subject of an ILO complaint. The court denied the right to strike by declaring beer production an essential national service! Carlsberg is retaliating against the union's struggle for justice with reprisals and dismissals and using the Lithuanian legal system to destroy union rights. Use the form below to send a message to Carlsberg and to the government of Lithuania telling them to stop violating workers' rights!