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Diageo workers threaten strike action over pay

21 August, 2019

Earlier this summer trade union Unite Scotland said it would ballot members working for Diageo in Scotland for strike action following a dispute over pay.

Nearly all of Diageo’s employees are thought to have rejected a 2.5% pay increase, which after a secondary offer of 2.8% also fell short of expectations, strikes are expected to take place at Leven, Cameronbridge and Shieldhall from September – November.

Unite regional industrial officer Bob MacGregor said: “Unite has received a clear and strong mandate for industrial action from our membership in Diageo’s largest distilling and bottling plants in Scotland.

“The recent announcement in July of an increase in pre-tax profits to £4.2bn alongside Diageo’s refusal to give a fair pay award has rightly infuriated the workers.

“Unite would urge Diageo to get back round the negotiating table with a new offer which fairly rewards its workers who have earned these massive profits for the company. If they do not, then Diageo’s operations will needlessly grind to a halt in the coming weeks.”

A spokesperson for Diageo added: “We have well-developed contingency plans in the event of industrial action but remain committed to seeking a resolution and ensuring our employees receive an increase on their pay, alongside maintaining the competitiveness of our operations.

“We are a very good employer and aim to ensure our staff are rewarded competitively; our pay and benefits for our bargaining group employees are in the top quartile for manufacturing in Scotland.”





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