A popular place to work

April 12th, 2010 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reported:

COPENHAGEN – Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest yesterday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said.

Beer Coolers. Now what work place would not be improved with them.

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.

Only drink during lunch time. Barbaric.

The only restriction was “that you could not be drunk at work. It was up to each and everyone to be responsible,” company spokesman Jens Bekke said.

I wonder how they defined drunk?

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19 Responses to “A popular place to work”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,169 comments) says:

    DB and Lion were like this. IIRC they changed in the early 90s “buying out” the drinking rights for cash.

    Pretty obvious health and safety risk. Just because you make beer doesnt mean its safe to operate a factory under the influence.

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  2. Pete George (22,754 comments) says:

    Wasn’t there another workplace in NZ where the workers even had their own on-site bar?

    It ended up in debate, but that was part of the job.

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  3. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    i saw this on fox. they said the workers were limited to 3 a day..

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  4. fatman43us (166 comments) says:

    “I wonder how they defined drunk?”

    Surely 0.05% blood tests?

    Cheers!!

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  5. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    If your hand gets ripped off in the machinery… you might be drunk!
    If you drive the forklift through a wall… you might be drunk!
    If you hit on the office chick and wake up with a dude… you might be drunk!
    If you start seeing the bottles dancing and singing… you might be drunk!

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  6. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    If your hand gets ripped off in the machinery… you might be drunk!
    If you drive the forklift through a wall… you might be drunk!
    If you hit on the office chick and wake up with a dude… you might be drunk!
    If you start seeing the bottles dancing and singing… you might be drunk!

    God it sounds like New Zealand is DRUNK..

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  7. toad (3,669 comments) says:

    Interesting, in the context of your earlier post today DPF!

    Do you support a subjective test in the workplace as well as on the road? I don’t have my mind made up on this one. It is an interesting argument – some people can be significantly impaired after two or three drinks, others can have six and show only minor impairment of cognitive and reactive function.

    I can drink a bottle of wine over 2 hours and it doesn’t significantly affect my performance with a keyboard or mouse (which is what most of my work involves), but would you want the pilot of your aircraft to have drunk a bottle of wine in the 2 hours before takeoff?

    [DPF: Most workplaces do have a subjective test. If you have a couple of wines at lunchtime, no one worries unless it impairs you. Different if you are a pilot of course and also different for drugs as they are also illegal]

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  8. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    It’s what you write with the keyboard that could be a problem Toad.

    Drunk at work? WOBH had this in response about AirNZ employees drinking:

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  9. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Next the Carlsberg workers will be complaining they have to buy the stuff.. at the lunch canteen..

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  10. RRM (9,428 comments) says:

    At last a Union I can get excited about!

    STRIKE brothers! Fight for your “right” to enjoy free piss not only before work and at lunchtime, but while you’re on the tools as well. The Man is trying to beat you down.

    So what if falling/getting pulled into the machines and made into Carlsberg is something like 5000% more likely if you’re leathered? At least having a few Carlsbergs beforehand would mitigate the agonies slightly…

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  11. toad (3,669 comments) says:

    Steve, when I write crap (and I’ll admit to having done so on blogs, on what I hope are rare occasions) is usually on Friday nights, usually after 9pm, and usually after I have had a hell of a lot more than one bottle of wine.

    Then again, there are those on this blog who think I always write crap, but that is their problem rather than mine, because they see the world differently from me, and either assume natural resources are infinite or don’t give a shit about what the world will be like for their great-grandchildren.

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  12. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    @toad

    Hook, line, sinker and most of my arm. You left yourself wide open for provocation!
    Is it true when you join the Green Party, you forfeit your sense of humour?

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  13. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Toad you would have to be three quarters cut to believe the dribble you post.

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  14. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    Toad, side show bob is here

    Uma rapiti, uma rapiti, uma uma uma

    Sorry, could not resist it

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  15. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    Back on topic,

    Alcohol has a different effect on everyone. The breath test is a crock. A seasoned drinker over the present limit may well be fine and in control, and yet a once a year glass of wine will render another person almost legless and dribbling shit.
    Seems the younger people are sexually mature at 16 but not mentally mature until 30. Just not able to deal with that horsepower mentally and alcohol just pushes them over the edge of control

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  16. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    And a careful read of the Article in question should note the date the new rules coming in to effect!

    Carlsberg had mulled a stricter drinking policy for years and finally decided to impose the new rules on April 1, prompting protests from the staff. Bekke said around 800 workers went on strike on Wednesday and around 250 walked off their jobs yesterday, resulting in interruptions to beer transports in and around Copenhagen.

    Carlsberg’s truck drivers joined the strike in sympathy – even thought they are exempt from the new rules, Bekke said. The truck drivers are permitted to take three beers from the canteen because they often don’t have time to have lunch there.

    And given the fact that in Denmark, the legal limit for Drink Driving is 0.25, and if you hit 0.5 you can be imprisoned, it makes me wonder, after a quick look at Google news, as to what in God’s name passes for Journalism training these days.

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  17. menace (407 comments) says:

    In Europe i would always have a few drinks at lunch time, on may occasion 4 of us would drink 2 bottles of wine and on the way out of the restaurant have a quick shot of grappa each. Good times. It is not frowned upon to have a drink in Europe at lunch as it is here.

    Is there actual law in NZ to say that you cant have a pint with your lunch?

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  18. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Germany had a similar culture in car dealerships some 20 years ago. Mechanics could imbibe over Lunch and at breaks for free. Well there was normally a monthly subscription. Even Mercedes in Sindelfingen, had a relaxed policy on beer during the day.

    Like the smoking, all gone now.

    Daytime drinking just can’t be a smart move. Evening drinking is understandable, but so many struggle to keep it irregular.

    If you have to limit, or think about limiting your drinking, then you already have a problem.

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  19. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Some people don’t have to drink to have impaired judgement toad. Explain sue Bradford and Keith Locke for a start.

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