GMB Seek Meeting On Beer Tie

26 Mar 2013

After his role in the abolition of the beer duty escalator can he support principle in consultation process to give tied tenants an opportunity to tackle the issue of the tied business model and how it is operated asks GMB.

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, in an open letter to Andrew Griffiths Tory MP for Burton, is asking for a meeting to discuss his stance on the consultation now under way on the principle of the tied tenant being no worse off than the free of tie tenant.

Dave Mountford, GMB Matlock branch secretary, says in the letter “May I take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support for the abolishment of the beer duty escalator.  The Government’s decision was welcoming for our industry and the 1p reduction was also a step in the right direction. It is good to know that the combined might of so many organisations can have an impact on issues such as this and having been part of the efforts to reform the tie, I speak from experience.

Following this success I would now like to ask you if you can throw your support behind the consultation process that will hopefully give us an opportunity to tackle the issue of the tied business model and how it is operated. As the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group I believe you are in a perfect position to tackle this issue and in many respects the principle of the tied tenant being no worse off than the free of tie tenant, I’m sure you would agree, is one that will have a greater effect to many than the beer duty escalator.”

Contact Dave Mountford 07794 021 212 or 01629 258 083