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Diageo workers vote for strike action

By Staff Reporter

A TRADE union has called on Diageo to show employees the "respect they deserve" after its members backed strike action.

Ballot results showed 80.5 per cent of GMB Scotland members supported moving to strike action after pay talks ended with the drinks giant tabling a 2.8 per cent final offer for over 3000 staff across Scottish operations.

The result, announced on Friday, comes on the back of Diageo’s recent financial results which posted pre-tax profits of over £4.2 billion.

Moray and Speyside are home to a number of Diageo's 28 distilleries, including Cardhu, Mortlach, Roseisle, Dufftown and Cragganmore.

Keir Greenaway, GMB Scotland organiser, said: "This should be a wake-up call for Diageo – their credibility is really on the line against the backdrop of the recent financial results.

"A huge chunk of Diageo’s reputation is built on the back of Scotland and the communities across the country that distil, mature, store and bottle their lucrative range of whiskies and white spirits.

"Their continued failure to table an offer that properly reflects the significant contribution these workers make to the success of this company really does show how out of touch the fat cats are in the Diageo hierarchy.

"Diageo need to get real on pay and show our members the respect they deserve. If any company can afford to reward their employees with a wage rise that beats the cost of living then it’s Diageo."

A company spokesperson said: "The GMB union have confirmed that their members have voted in favour of strike action at our sites in Scotland and we await confirmation of their next steps.

"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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