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UK: Diageo factory workers set to strike following failed negotiations over pay

Author: Jamie Callaghan, Fife Today, Published on: 5 September 2019

 "Diageo staff to strike this month", 3 September 2019

Trade unions Unite and GMB have announced when Diageo staff at its Leven and Cameron Bridge plants are due to strike.

Talks broke down between the trade unions involved in the dispute with Diageo on August 30...over pay talks...The dispute relates to the annual pay award as Unite’s membership rejected Diageo’s latest offer of 2.8 per cent pay through the consolidation of the product allowance.

Unite regional industrial officer Bob MacGregor said: “Diageo has made minimal effort to resolve this dispute through negotiations, which is the central reason why talks broke down...last week...Remember, this is a giant in the drinks industry which just announced an increase in pre-tax profits of £4.2 billion..."...

...GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway said: “Our campaign for a pay deal that beats the cost of living for our members and their families is a modest proposal against the backdrop of Diageo’s absolutely staggering financial results, which workers in Scotland have more than helped to deliver..."

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

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Related companies: Diageo