By Nweke Nweke

The Association of Allied International Beer & Beverage Drivers (AAIBBD), Nigeria has registered its displeasure over the continuous rejection of rejected Cans by customers’ outlet by its members (drivers), describing the alleged action by the management of International Breweries Plc as an invitation for drivers to embark on indefinite strike.

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In a letter from the office of the Chairman of the Association of Allied International Beer & Beverage Drivers (AAIBBD), Nigeria dated March 13, 2019 titled ‘Promise on Rejected Returned Cans’ addressed to the Management of the International Breweries and made available to newsmen in Onitsha yesterday, the drivers union threatened that any further delay in the implementation on the alleged promise by the INTAFACT to address the issue would force the union to stop its members from conveying the problematic Cans to customers.

Parts of the letter read thus:”The Union is using this opportunity to register its displeasure over the continuous rejection of rejected returned Cans from customers’ outlet by its members (drivers). Please, revisit the promise you made on the 13th December, 2018 to that effect come 1st January, 2019.

“Note that any further delay on promise implementation will only force the Union to stop its members (drivers) from carrying the problematic Cans to customers’, a stitch in time saves nine.

“Again, the issue of missing bottles and empty shells are on the rise more. As a result, the Union is pressing for a hundred percent (100%) checks before load-out is made or alternative, the Management should employ the services of “Seals” on the doors of the Trucks which the Union also welcomes” the drivers stated.

Making more of their grievances known, Association of Allied International Beer & Beverage Drivers (AAIBBD), Nigeria listed among others that the delay in customers’ outlet not exceeding forty-eight hours, one hundred percent checkup on loading or seal tag should be implemented, foreign bottles should be debited back to customers, damaged Cans should be received on return and suspension of companies should not be allowed, only the driver and truck that has issue should face suspension.

Others conditions raised includes; drivers Union should receive their monthly PR from the company, in the event of traditional marriage/wedding and burial ceremony, the union request that the company should give it PR for the purpose and proper check of empties returned by customers.

In reply to the issues raised by the drivers’ union, International Breweries Plc on December 13th , 2018 said it has come to their knowledge that the infrastructure on the roads has been deteriorating over the years and this, according to them has led to an increase in breakages in transit.

“International Breweries are working on solution to improve load securement and improved packaging of our products to reduce breakages; we have decided to relook the current BIT allowance. This is to notify all our transporters that the BIT Allowance has been investigated and reviewed upward.

“The allowance per trip from 1st January, 2019 will now be 0.0015% of the load you are carrying, this gesture is to build a long-lasting partnership between International Breweries Limited and our Transporters”, the said