Diageo Scotland strikes called off

Lucy Britner

Lucy Britner

18 September 2019

Strike action at several Diageo sites across Scotland has been cancelled after the company reached an agreement with unions over pay disputes.

Workers had prepared for a series of strikes after unions knocked back a ‘previously rejected’ offer of a 2.8% salary increase. However, in a statement issued last night, Diageo said fresh talks with both the GMB and Unite unions had been successful.

‘Following further negotiations... our improved offer has been recommended for acceptance by both the GMB and Unite unions and strike action has been suspended,’ a Diageo spokesperson said. ‘We are pleased to have reached agreement on a good, fair offer that ensures our employees can receive an increase on their pay while maintaining the competitiveness of our operations.’

The new deal is understood to be a two-year agreement including a 3% increase in year one, as well as an RPI (retail price index) increase in year two.

The strikes, which were scheduled to begin yesterday evening and run until 27 September, would have affected the Johnnie Walker owner’s bottling, maturation and distillery operations.

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