Upset over new regulations that restrict the consumption of beer on the job, dozens of line workers at Carlsberg brewery walked off the job on Thursday. The production workers were quickly joined by Carlsberg’s delivery drivers, even though the new policy has no direct impact on the drivers.
While it may seem strange to American sensibilities, Carlsberg workers were previously allowed to self-police and drink as much on the job as they wanted. Beer was supplied in coolers positioned throughout the brewery, and workers were allowed to help themselves. Drunkenness was not tolerated, however, and could ultimately provide grounds for employee dismissal.
The new rules eliminate the beer coolers, but still allow employees to drink beer during lunchtime in the company canteen. Truck drivers are permitted to bring three beers from the canteen, since they often have lunch while making deliveries. An ignition lock on the breweries trucks prohibits drivers from starting them if their BAC is over the legal limit.