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Colombian Brewery Ends Strike

March 2, 2001

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Beer drinkers in Colombia could almost taste it Thursday, after workers ended a 71-day strike at the brewery supplying most of the South American country’s beer.

The walkout by 6,000 employees at the Bavaria brewery left store shelves bare, drove up import prices and reduced the desperate to downing bitter home-brews concocted at neighborhood bars.

The workers were back after agreeing arbitration over wage and job security issues, but some final haggling over schedules kept the taps dry. Bavaria officials said they expect production to resume shortly.

The company produces six of Colombia’s most popular beers, and rival brewers couldn’t keep up with demand.

The walkout, which endded Wednesday, cost Bavaria an estimated $47 million.

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