A threat of strikes at Speyside distilleries has been lifted, after union members voted to accept a new pay offer. The agreement brings to an end months of dispute at major whisky producer Chivas Brothers, where owners Pernod Ricard had attempted to impose a wage freeze, having given workers in France rises.
Staff at Kilmalid were close to walking out but have accepted a new pay deal. Tensions at whisky producer Chivas have lessened after disgruntled workers accepted a new pay deal. The looming threat of strike action by staff at plants, including Dumbarton’s Kilmalid site, have been averted after bosses thrashed out a new package.
The result averts strike action across the spirits producer's Scottish sites this summer Following a consultative ballot of its members across Chivas’ Scottish operations, union members have today voted to accept an improved offer from the company by a majority of of 86%. Following months of dispute over an attempted pay freeze by the drinks manufacturing giant, a deal has now been reached which will deliver a 2.5% increase on the basic rate of pay from 2021, or a minimum of 2% for 2022.
Company refuses to engage with Action Group Trade unions GMB Scotland and Unite Scotland, who jointly represent the vast majority of McVitie’s workers based at Tollcross, have reacted furiously to the company formally issuing redundancy notices yesterday. The McVitie’s biscuit factory, which manufactures a range of notable products including Hobnobs and Rich Tea Biscuits, has through its parent owners Pladis also ‘disgracefully’ refused to engage with the newly established Action Group set up to prevent the factory’s closure.
Two trade unions representing workers have raged at the decision to hand redundancy notices out to workers. Workers at the historic McVitie's factory in Glasgow have been handed redundancy notices today. Global snack firm Pladis, the parent company of McVities, has earmarked the facility in the Tollcross area of the city for closure at the cost of 468 jobs.
Whisky workers at Diageo’s distilleries and bottling plants in Scotland have voted to accept a three-year pay deal. The agreement includes a 3% salary increase covering the last financial year, then an average of inflation rise for the next two, capped at 3.5%.
A trade union has hailed a new three-year pay deal with major Fife employer Diageo as an “excellent result”. Unions Unite Scotland and GMB Scotland have negotiated a deal that will increase pay with inflation. Diageo has 3,000 workers in Scotland and around 1,000 employees in Fife.
Hundreds of workers at Gates Power Transmission, who have maintained full production throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, will be balloted for industrial action over their employer’s attempts to impose real terms cuts on pay and conditions. Their union GMB Scotland has served formal notice to management at the Dumfries based manufacturer that a statutory ballot, asking workers whether they will support strike action and action short of strike, will run from Monday June 21 until Monday July 5.
Proposed industrial action due to take place from next Monday into July Hundreds of workers at Gates Power Transmission will be balloted for industrial action over their employer’s attempts to impose real terms cuts on pay and conditions. Their union GMB Scotland has served formal notice to management at the Dumfries-based manufacturer that it will be asking workers whether they will support strike action - or action short of strike - proposed to run from 21 June until 5 July.
A UNION leader has criticised the “irony” of the COP26 conference coming to Glasgow later this year, describing it as “our filthiest city” with “infestations of rats”. Gary Smith, secretary of the GMB Scotland, was speaking at an online Westminster policy conference considering the next steps for climate change policy in Scotland, and our strategy for achieving net-zero carbon emissions.
Glasgow Chivas workers launch overtime ban amid pay freeze claims WORKERS at a distillery have begun industrial action against a drinks giant over a pay-freeze today. An overtime ban has been implemented by members of the GMB union at Chivas Brothers' Strathclyde Grain Distillery in the Gorbals and other plants across Scotland.
A TRADE union chief has called for three new vessels to be built wholly in the UK. The UK Government Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced a competition for three new support ships on Friday, as part of the government's plans to create a "shipbuilding renaissance" in the UK.
The protest is due to be staged outside the historic Tollcross factory tomorrow morning Trade union GMB Scotland has arranged for McVitie’s workers to protest tomorrow morning to "send a message” to the owners in a bid to save their jobs. It follows parent company Pladis announcing plans to close the historic factory, putting 468 jobs at risk in the east end of Glasgow.
A union has warned it is prepared to take legal action on behalf of thousands of volunteer coastguards unless they become paid employees of the UK government.GMB Scotland said more than 2,800 rescue workers across the UK were “denied even the most basic rights of respect and recognition” by their employer, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, which is part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Strike action could begin as early as this month after union members voted "emphatically" in favour of industrial action.Dumbarton whisky workers are set to walk out after union members voted “emphatically” in favour of strike action.Some 82 percent of Unite Scotland members backed industrial action from the ballot with a 62 percent turnout.
Workers at whisky and spirits company Chivas have voted to take strike action in a row over pay.The GMB union said manufacturing could be brought to a stand-still after workers backed industrial action against a “company pay freeze plan”.The union said that 84.4% of GMB members backed calls for strike action and 92.7% supported action short of strike meaning industrial action could take place from as early as the last week in May, affecting all Chivas Scottish operations, from distillation to bottling.
.A care home exposed by the Sunday Mail for accepting “uncontrolled admissions” of Covid patients suffered one of the country’s worst virus death rates.– the fourth-highest number among 1100 facilities in Scotland.In April, we revealed how staff had been told individuals “highly likely” to be infected with Covid would be arriving from hospitals.