The shortage crisis sweeping the world has led to shortages of various foods in many countries, scenes of empty supermarkets, extremely high prices or citizens suffering to get food or drink. Even for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve, some products are being difficult to find and even announced that many places will not have them this year. For example, in New York, beer delivery workers are threatening to strike over wages and product shortages.
Beer is one of the most popular beverages around the world, and in some countries it is impossible to imagine anyone not drinking it, as is the case in Germany. And in the United States, it is also very common. And the fact is that this product has a great number of benefits. For example, it reduces the risk of diabetes, aids digestion, protects against heart attacks, reduces the risk of kidney stones, works as a diuretic, prevents aging and even strengthens bones, according to several studies.
Unions threaten that truck drivers who transport alcoholic beverages to 20,000 pubs, clubs and restaurants, have suffered money losses, all subordinated to an increase in their working hours. Some 99% of Unite members backed a vote in favor of going on strike next January.
“The payroll system introduced by GXO is a complete mess that has caused great anxiety as wages are short and/or not paid on time. GXO bosses need to resolve this quickly. A strike vote could lead to deliveries being severely disrupted in 2022″, general secretary Sharon Graham told The Sun, who added that “it is completely unacceptable”.
On the other hand, thousands of Tesco workers almost took action this month over pay, which would have severely disrupted the supply of Christmas alcohol.
A crisis hitting the whole world
Since March 2020, the world has been hit by the coronavirus, a pandemic that has left material problems and millions of deaths around the world.
Over the years, there have been many cases of product shortages. Not only in the global increase in the prices of gasoline, electricity, gas or even foodstuffs such as vegetables or meats. Lack of food, no manpower, shortage of truck drivers, insufficient oil…. And the world was already looking at Christmas with fear because of the high possibility of a holiday without food on the table or Christmas trees. Moreover, the shortages and lack of supplies could last for several more months, as the WTO director general warned in October that even if the world’s major powers tried to reduce their mutual trade dependence, they would encounter difficulties. “It is not so easy to dismantle supply chains, in many products they are enormously complex,” she said.