Quotes attributable to Mark Whenan, South Australian Coordinator of Food and Beverages, United Workers Union
United Workers Union members at West End Brewery were shocked to hear today that Lion is scrapping this iconic South Australian brewery that was started more than 160 years ago. We are still working through what this means to our members at the brewery and how they want to proceed.
However, the facts of the matter are that workers at West End brewery have continued to turn up every single day throughout the pandemic, delivering for their employer, Lion.
In response, the company is savagely cutting their livelihoods. This move is a massive betrayal to their workforce and the South Australian community after the company received tens of millions of taxpayer money for an upgrade to the site.
Lion has an obligation to their hardworking employees and to the South Australian community to provide good secure jobs throughout this crisis and beyond.
They have benefited from the iconic SA brand for years and shouldn’t be compounding the state’s unemployment problem.”